Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems


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Lit Lesson by Nicole Oddo

When a bus driver takes a break, he asks the reader to make sure the pigeon doesn’t drive the bus. The pigeon begs and pleads and tries to persuade the reader to allow him to drive the bus.


  • Determine and analyze author’s purpose; support with text.

  • Recognize literary elements (genre, plot, character, setting problem/resolution, theme).


  • Flip the sound.


  • Read text as the author would say it, conveying meaning or feeling.

  • Use punctuation to enhance phrasing and prosody (end marks, commas, etc.).

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  • Voracious reading

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