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A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea by Michael…

A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea

by Michael Ian Black

Other authors: Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)

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The author of this book explains why a pig parade is a terrible idea. Although it may sound like a fun idea, the author explains how pigs hate to march, refuse to wear majorette uniforms, don't care about parade floats, have a horrible taste in music, and can't hold balloons. The author tires to persuade its audience that these reasons are why a pig parade is not a good idea. This book is an excellent example of persuasive writing because it states an opinion (that pig parades are a terrible idea) and supports that reasoning. Transition words/phrases are used (such as "for one thing", "that's just one reason why a pig parade is a terrible idea", "also", and "finally".

I would love to use this book during a writer's workshop mini-lesson about persuasive writing! Not only is it a good example of this specific style of writing, but it is also funny. I can imagine kids laughing at the reasons for why a pig parade is a terrible idea.

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GENRE: Children's fantasy picture book (and persuasive)

(1) This book could be used during a mini-lesson for writer's workshop (mentor text) because it is an example of persuasive writing. At the end of the book, the author states, "A panda bear parade, on the other hand, would be fantastic!" After reading this, students could write their own persuasive piece about why a panda bear parade is a good idea (or a bad idea).
(2) During the read aloud, we could write down transition phrases used in this book and talk about how they contribute to a successful persuasive piece. ( )
  akgingerich | Nov 20, 2016 |
This book is hilarious! The illustrations are so wonderful and funny. ( )
  CarpeLibrum58 | Jun 4, 2016 |
Pig parades are not a good idea because pigs are messy and they will not wear the outfits that they wear during a parade.
  margaritamunoz14 | Apr 29, 2015 |
This is about an idea for a pig parade. They go on to tell you that it would be a terrible idea. Pigs are too messy, slow, dirty, and so on.

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I thought this book was super cute. It shows how creative they are. The pictures we created to show the parade if they could and what it really looks like if they were in a parade.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1) Have them make a pictures book with their own animals they could use for a parade.
2) Worksheet on how to make a great parade to teach them to plan.
  lauren_hayes | Feb 11, 2015 |
A picture book that is exactly what the title implies: trying to talk children out of planning a parade of pigs. A possible mentor text for persuasive argument, but fun! ( )
  kradish | Jul 30, 2014 |
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Explains precisely why, although it may sound like a good idea, gathering hundreds of pigs to march in a parade through one's hometown is inadvisable.

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