Thursday, March 24, 2011

My Teacher for President by Kay Winters

Title: My Teacher for President
Author: Kay Winters
Illustrator: Denise Brunkus
Copyright: 2004, Scholastic INC.
Grade Level: 2-6
Theme: Elections, Presidents, Jobs

Summary: The book is about a boy who decides to write a letter to Channel 29 news to inform them that his teacher would be perfect for a president. He writes how his teacher is used to being followed around, and how she loves white houses and how she attends many meetings, just like she would have to if she was president. She's good when it comes to emergencies, and she deals with media every day he says, assuring them that she is perfect for the job of a president. But, in the end he writes “Just make sure she doesn't leave before the end of the year.”

Pre-Reading Activity:
Students will identify president's responsibilities and the teacher's responsibilities and compare them.

Post-Reading Activity:
Have an election in class and have students vote. This could be on anything (maybe classroom jobs), and after the students vote, the teacher can take those votes in consideration and assign classroom jobs.

This is such a cute book, I fell in love with it after reading it the first time. I think I like this book mostly because my dream is to be a teacher someday. I would absolutely love it if a child or one of my students someday felt this way about me. It would show that I am a good teacher and that children look up to me. What I really liked about this book is that it is true. Yes, teachers may not be presidents, but they do so much work that it 's almost like they are. Teachers do so much and they have so many jobs, and it's sweet that the student in this story sees this. This book could also be read during President's Day.

About the Author:
Kay Winters was born in Trenton, New Jersey. She learned to read when she was only four years old. She was an only child, and her parents read to her every night. They also moved eleven times, so books were her only long lasting friends at that time. She enjoyed going to the library and picking out books to read. She received her BS degree in Education at Arcadia University, her MS degree at Wheelock College and her further graduate work at Lehigh University. She taught second grade in the Newton Public Schools. She married Earl Winters, and three years later their daughter Linda Lee was born.  Now, they live in Pennsylvania, and she spends most of her time writing, visiting schools and speaking at conferences.

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