Convincing mothers of anything often takes a lot of persuasion.
In this hilarious book, Karen Kaufman Orloff uses a writing style that includes the use of singular possessive nouns and contractions to help her main character Alex write convincing notes to his mother, hoping she will allow him to take ownership of his friend Mikey's iguana when he moves. Alex's mother also takes part in the writing of notes, giving the author even more opportunities to use possessives and contractions.
This two part lesson includes a mini lesson and anchor chart on singular possessive nouns. You will also find clear, step by step directions on how to use the story "I Wanna Iguana" to guide students as they practice noticing and understanding how possessives are formed and used in writing.
Making a prediction during reading about whether Alex will be able to successfully convince his mother to let him keep the iguana is embedded in the first lesson for this story. Everyone wants to know if Alex is able to pull off this attempt to persuade his mom to say "yes" to the iguana. Everyone wants to cheer him on with each of his notes!
Students will have an opportunity to predict during the story and then confirm their prediction at the end of the story. They will also be asked to think about whether they think Alex will be able to do a good job taking care of his new pet, justifying their answers with text evidence.
Part 2 of this lesson is a mini lesson on contractions. Studying examples of contractions and then reading and noticing them in Orloff's work allows students to see these word types in authentic text. Step by step instructions on reading and noting contractions in the text and an anchor chart to document these words is included in the plan.
Use this book to teach singular possessives and contractions. Then use it again to teach persuasive writing! There are so many ways to use this book, which will surely become a class favorite.