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The Case of the Incapacitated Capitals
by Robin Pulver
Lynn Rowe Reed, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 10 x 10 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823424023 | 09-01-2012

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: SECOND | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Language Arts, School, Humor
Recommendations: A*, H, K, PW, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
SL.3.1, 1c, 1d, 2, 3, 6
RF.3.3, 3c, 3d, 4, 4a, 4c
L.3.2, 2a, 2b, 2c, 3, 4, 5a, 5b, 5c, 6
RL.3.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10
W.3.4, 5, 6, 10

About the Book

The capital letters in Mr. Wright's classroom require immediate medical attention! They are suffering from severe neglect. Mr. Wright's students have completely forgotten about them—and about Teacher Appreciation Day. Luckily an EMS team is on the way for this grammar emergency in the latest addition to Robin Pulver and Lynn Rowe Reed's language arts library.

Filled with bold, bright illustrations, this book is a fun and unforgettable introduction to capital letters.

Robin Pulver is the author of Nouns and Verbs Have a Field Day and Punctuation Takes a Vacation, which was a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Ms. Pulver lives in upstate New York.

Lynn Rowe Reed created the energetic and unique illustrations for Punctuation Takes a Vacation, Nouns and Verbs Have a Field Day, and Silent Letters Loud and Clear. She lives in Indiana.


Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. How does Robin Pulver incorporate informational text in to a fictional story? Describe the author's purpose and how she achieves her goal. RL.3-4.1/SL.3-4.1

2. Create a story map. Show the events in sequence, including the problem and solution. RL.3-4.2

3. Make corrections to the letter written by the students to Principal Allcap. L.3-4.2

4. Become a figurative language detective. In small groups, revisit the story to find how Robin Pulver uses words and phrases that add layers and humor to the story. RL.3-4.4/L.3-4.5