Using Literature to Spark Ideas...

Nov 6, 2008 by

  Reading a quality picture book is a great way to inspire young writers, even the most reluctant ones. Try reading aloud one of the listed mentor texts before writer’s notebook time. Invite students to explore a topic from the book in their own writing. For example, read the book Bedhead by Margie Palatini. Explain that many of us have good “hair” stories. I like to start by telling or writing about an example of my own. I tell them that when my brother was young, people often thought he was a girl because he had longish curly hair and long, dark eyelashes. One day in 4th grade he cut his eyelashes off because he was tired of being made fun of. After sharing a personal story, have students write the word “hair” at...

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Writing with Voice

Nov 5, 2008 by

Letter Writing Because there is a built-in audience with letter writing, it is a great way for students to practice writing with voice. Have students imagine that they are talking to the person they are writing to. What would they say to that person? What would they like to ask them? Be sure to model this in a modeled writing lesson first. Don’t forget to include read-alouds that are written in letter format. Suggested literature: Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School by Mark Teague Dear Tooth Fairy by Pamela Duncan Edwards Journey of Oliver Woodman by Darcy Pattison The First Year Letters by Julie Dannegerg The Gardener by Sarah Stewart With Love, From Little Red Hen by Alma Flor Ada Yours Truly, Goldilocks by Alma Flor Ada Point of View Choosing an appropriate...

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