This is a lit log for The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle, a first person narrative by Leslie Connor. The main character, Mason Buttle, a seventh grader with learning disabilities and with a perspiration problem, is able to “think outside the box” and be loyal to survive bullying, be a good friend, and save his family and their orchard. Other sensitive social themes are cruelty to animals, death, and special needs.
The key focus skills of the lit log are:
- use text to explain/draw inferences
- describe/compare/contrast characters, setting, events
- and describe point of view
Other skills in the lit log are:
- use text to determine meaning of words/phrases
- and determine theme/summarize.
This lit log can be used for direct reading instruction (guided reading, novel study, literature circle, close reading) or for a guide for a read aloud. Its use should be modified to best meet individual or group needs.
The reading level of the book is 4th/5th grade, and the interest level of the book is 3rd to 8th grade. Common Core State Standards for grades 3 through 8 are provided.
I hope that you and your students enjoy reading this book as much as I did, and that this lit log is helpful.