Lots o’ Fives

Being responsible for the MUF post on Cinco de Mayo is a grand responsibility. After all, not only is today the fifth day of the fifth month of the year, but there are a lot of other things that come in fives. For example, like most folks, I have five fingers on each hand, which come in useful when giving high-fives. Last I checked I have five toes on each foot. And just last week I stole five pieces of chocolate from my son’s Easter stash and ate them all in exactly five seconds.

So . . . in celebration of all the fives in my life, here are five lists of five things you can think about in five minutes or less.


Five Foods I’d Like to Eat to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo While Completely Ignoring Caloric Intake:

  1. Burritos
  2. Tortilla chips with salsa con queso
  3. Churros with chocolate sauce
  4. Mexican fried rice
  5. More churros

Five Children’s Novels I’ve Read and Enjoyed in the Past Five Months:

  1. The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage
  2. Scumble by Ingrid Law
  3. The Last Present by Wendy Mass
  4. Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko
  5. Sure Signs of Crazy by Karen Harrington

Five More Children’s Novels I Really Want to Read before the Next Five Months Are Over:

  1. The Summer I Saved the World . . . in 65 Days by fellow-MUF-member Michele Weber Hurwitz
  2. Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue by Tom Angleberger
  3. Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana
  4. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  5. Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass

the summer i saved the world

Five Character Names from My Writing Journal That I Hope to Use Someday:

  1. Abigail Blinsteen
  2. Lucas McShooster
  3. Olivia Ingledue
  4. Shishkabob Stubs
  5. Silas Slump

T. P. Jagger, The 3-Minute Writing Teacher

Five Reasons You Should Visit My New Website at www.tpjagger.com and Tell Your Friends About It, Too:

  1. You can read my bio page and see what an Amazonian treehouse has to do with the day of my birth.
  2. I’ve posted free, original readers’ theatre scripts that middle-grade teachers can download and use to improve students’ reading fluency.
  3. I’ve adopted an alias—“The 3-Minute Writing Teacher”—and begun posting a series of short writing-tips videos that teachers can use with their students (and that beginning writers may find helpful, too).
  4. You can easily subscribe to my e-newsletter to receive automatic updates whenever I post new readers’ theatre scripts or how-to writing-tips videos.
  5. Did I mention the free readers’ theatre scripts and the videos of how-to writing tips from The 3-Minute Writing Teacher? . . .

Well, HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO, loyal MUF readers! Got anything to add to any of my lists? A must-eat Mexican food? A favorite book? A completely different list of five things? Post your comments below.

Along with his MUF posts, T. P. Jagger can be found at www.tpjagger.com, where he provides brief how-to writing-tips videos as The 3-Minute Writing Teacher plus original readers’ theatre scripts for middle-grade teachers.

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T. P. Jagger
Along with his MUF posts, T. P. Jagger can be found at www.tpjagger.com, where he provides brief how-to writing-tip videos as The 3-Minute Writing Teacher plus original, free readers’ theater scripts for middle-grade classrooms. For T. P.’s 10-lesson, video-based creative writing course, check him out on Curious.com.
  1. Thanks, Deb. Hope you found some useful readers’ theatre and other content on my site! 🙂

  2. What an awesome post! Thanks…and now…off to check out your website!

  3. I just peeked at There Will Be Bears on Goodreads and added it to my always-crowded to-read shelf. Thanks for mentioning it. (And I’ll be sure to be careful with those quirky character names, too! 🙂

  4. I really enjoyed Gebhart’s There Will Be Bears, but couldn’t talk family into Mexican food! And don’t make the names TOO quirky; it’s annoying for reasons I have never been able to explain!