Ralph Tells A Story


Have you ever been asked to write something and couldn’t think of an idea?  This has happened to me on several occasions.  I am pretty sure this happens to many of my students, too.  Sometimes it just takes a few words of encouragement to get the creative juices flowing again.  In the book, Ralph Tells A Story, Ralph cannot think of anything to write about in class.  His classmates eventually help him think of a great idea.

With the help of his classmates, Ralph realizes that a great story can be about something very small. . . and that maybe he really does have some stories to tell.

Ralph Tells A Story is my first suggestion for the #113texts Mentor Text Challenge through SDAWP Voices.  The story was written by Abby Hanlon.  In the story, Ralph struggles to find a topic to write on.

My teacher always said, “Stories are everywhere!”  And the kids in my class were always finding them.  But every day at writing time, I thought really hard.  I stared at my paper.  I stared at the ceiling.  I could not write a story.

As a 2nd grade teacher, I find this happens to students all the time.  The first part of the year I spend a lot of time working on fluency with my students.  My biggest challenge is helping my students realize that they are writers.  I believe this story will help them understand that they all have stories to tell.

Ralph Tells A Story is a wonderful picture book with very cute illustrations.  I think students in grades K-3 would enjoy hearing this story.  Students will love reading how Ralph finally gets his story written.  You will have to check out the book to find out what that story is.


As I begin this new school year, how will I nurture the writing climate in my classroom?  How can I remember to be encouraging and supportive?  I am looking forward to trying.