As we’re finishing up our back matter for our early chapter book, here are some tips to make it easier.
Creating the Abbreviated Word List
To make a list of 48 of the more challenging vocabulary words in my story, I opened up my story in a document and moved that open document to the left side of my screen. I changed the text to be 150% and made the document as small as possible to fit on my screen.
Then I opened up a new document and put it on the right side of my screen. I sized this document as small as possible so that both documents were now side by side.
Starting with Chapter 1 on the left document, I read through it and added long or difficult vocabulary words to the blank document on the right. I also numbered these with the automatic number system. I spread out to find words in every chapter until I had 48 words listed. Then I deleted the numbers and copied these words and pasted them at the end of my story in the document on the left.
Writing Discussion Questions
For the Discussion Questions in the back matter, I actually copied some of the questions in our mentor text, THE RED FLYER ROLLER COASTER, and used words from other questions. I know enough about Common Core State Standards to recognize the wording they like in this section supports the second grade English language arts standards for reading literature.
My story is about a little boy who finds an abandoned baby raccoon in the woods. Here is a sample of some of the questions I wrote for my back matter:
* What do you think happens to wild animals that need help?
* How do you think Landon felt when he found the baby raccoon in the hollow oak tree? Use examples from the story to explain your answer.
* Have you ever wanted to help an animal? Describe your experience.
Once you write the back matter to include with your manuscript, you’re on the home stretch! Time to finish this baby up and put it in the mail. I’ll post more on that in upcoming posts, so stay tuned!