Sofa Boy by Scott Langteau


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By Teresa Good

Sofa Boy is a humorous tale about a boy who won't release his game controller to participate in the real world. Since he doesn't learn the importance of moderation in a timely manner, his fate is an unpleasant one (we actually loved that it didn't have a tidy happy ending). The illustrations by Rion Vernon are delightful (some delightfully gross) and will appeal to all elementary students. The message, told through rhyming text, is an important one and is delivered in a most palatable way.

Possible strategy instruction:

  • C: Use prior knowledge to connect with text.
  • C: Make a picture or mental image.
  • A: Skip the word, then come back.
  • F: Use punctuation to enhance phrasing and prosody (end marks, commas, etc).
  • F: Read the text as the author would say it, conveying the meaning or feeling.
  • E: Tune in to interesting words and use new vocabulary in speaking and writing.
  • E: Use dictionaries, thesauruses, and glossaries as tools.

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