This week as we’re wrapping up our early chapter book to submit to Kaeden Books, it’s time to write the Back Matter.
In our mentor text, THE RED FLYER ROLLER COASTER, there is one last page of text that is printed on the inside of the back cover. It has an Abbreviated Word List. It lists the Word Count. It also has three sets of discussion questions for a parent or educator to use. All of this is called Back Matter.
Does your mentor text have Back Matter? If so, this is the time to work on it.
If you are using the same book as I am and following along here on my blog, here is what you’ll need in the Back Matter you include with your manuscript:
1. Abbreviated Word List of 24 words in alphabetical order. If you know how to format columns within your document, you can put this in 6 columns. (If not, a single column is fine.)
2. Word Count: THE RED FLYER ROLLER COASTER has 2600 words so you want to make yours as close to that as possible.
3. Discussion questions:
Before Reading: 2-3 questions
During Reading: 3 questions
After Reading: 3 questions
Let me know if you have any questions about this!