Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse

Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse
Written by Tamera Will Wissinger, Illustrated by Matthew Cordell

In this novel told through poems, nine-year-old Sam loves fishing with his dad, so when his pesky little sister horns in on their fishing trip, he is none too pleased.

Primary Source Pairing:
Sam has his tackle box all ready. Pair the image of the tackle box with Sam’s poem titled “My Tackle Box” found on page five of the book. Print the image of the tackle box or share it with students in a one-to-one environment. Students can read Sam’s poem and compare and contrast the image of the tackle box above to the Sam’s tackle box. For students who enjoy fishing, they can draw parallels to their own fishing gear. For students who have little experience with fishing, this learning opportunity will create background knowledge about the activity.

Questions for Discussion:

  • Describe what you see.
  • What do you notice first?
  • What objects are shown?
  • How are they arranged?
  • What is the physical setting?
  • What words do you see?
  • What other details can you see?
  • How does this image compare to the tackle box in Sam’s poem?
  • How does this image compare to something you own (for fishing or for another hobby)?

Book Cover and Summary: Follett
Tackle Box: Wikipedia Commons

To view a lesson guide about Gone Fishing, visit the Florida Association for Media in Education website.