Must Read Mentor Text: The Tiger Rising

My friends, Amanda and Stacia, blog over at Collaboration Cuties and they host a fantastic weekly linky called "Must Read Mentor Texts" where they invite teachers to share their favorite read-alouds. If you haven't checked out the plethora of books that are linked up each week, you need to! It's an excellent way to enhance your curriculum (and fill your Amazon cart!)

Today I want to share a great book that I've recently read...and am still thinking about!
The Tiger Rising is an excellent, thought-provoking book by Kate Dicamillo. The book tells the story of 12-year-old, Rob, who finds a caged tiger in the woods behind his house. Rob befriends a new girl in school, Sistine, and his life is never the same. Filled with powerful symbolism and emotion, this book will leave you thinking long after the final page.
I found this awesome "Book Trailer" that introduces the kids to the major plot points in the book

There is SO MUCH TO DISCUSS in this wonderful book. I didn't want to simply read it to my students - I wanted them to interact with the text and really grapple with the issues that it brings up. So, I have created a FUN, ENGAGING, and HASSLE-FREE Novel Study Packet to accompany this thought-provoking book:
This MEGA packet is the perfect supplement to a study of the book, whether you're doing it as a whole-class, a small group (i.e. reading groups or literature circles), or as an individual project. It includes activities for before, during, and after reading that can serve as comprehension assessment, writing prompts, and/or valuable practice determining different story elements.
Here's the Table of Contents:
 Here is a preview of everything that's included in the packet:
Click HERE to check it out :)

I would love to give away a FREE copy of this packet to one of my loyal blog followers! If you would like a copy to try in your classroom, please leave a comment below with your name, your e-mail address, the states you're from, and the grade you teach. I'll choose a winner tomorrow evening (Monday 3-31) at 8pm EST.


  1. Hi Jessica, my kids are in love with all of Kate's books. This would be another great one to add to their reading favorites. I've taught in Arizona, but I moved to the Philippines a couple of years ago. I teach grade 4 currently, and have been having a great time with them. Thanks so much!

  2. Hi,
    Would love to use this packet with my 4th grade students in Florida. Thanks for the opportunity to win this product!


  3. I love this book and would love to use this with my students. I love the many options you have displayed in the preview. Looks fabulous!

  4. I would love of copy to use with my fifth graders. I teach in MI. I love the wide selection of activities.

  5. Yay!!! I loooooove this book! We finished it a month or so ago in one of my guided reading groups! I'm so happy you made a unit! That will make it so much easier for when I use it next year! Thanks for linking up my friend!

  6. This is one of my favorite books! :)
    I teach 3rd grade in New York City.

    Kathleen (

  7. Well you have definitely made me WANT to read this text!! As the end of the year approaches I'm definitely on the hunt for texts that I can pull a lot of that will incorporate a number of skills that we have covered this year!

  8. I would love to have this. I've never read this book before and it sounds wonderful! I teach 4th grade in Tennessee. Elizabeth

  9. Just put this book in my 'wish list' cart and would love to win your packet!! I teach 4th grade---

  10. I absolutely love this book! I would love a copy! My email is, I teach 4th grade in Massachusetts. Love your blog and thanks for sharing!


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