Simile

Oct 28, 2009 by

Writing Trait/Strategy: Word choice; simile   Mentor Text Suggestions: Easy as Pie: A Guessing Game of Sayings by M. Folsom If You Hopped Like a Frog by David M. Schwartz It Figures: Fun Figures of Speech by Marvin Terban Owl Moon by Jane Yolen (or any other book by Yolen) Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood More Similes by Joan Hanson Storm in the Night by Mary Stolz The Elephant’s Child by Rudyard Kipling There’s a Frog in My Throat by Loreen Leedy and Pat Street Description: A simile is a figure of speech that compares two things using the words “like” or “as” . The writer uses similes to create mind pictures for the reader. Simile Traveling Book Click here for traveling book directions. Choose a person that everyone in the class...

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Traveling Books

Oct 28, 2009 by

Purpose To introduce students to the entire writing process in a non-threatening way To introduce and reinforce literacy skills and conventions of language To give students authentic purposes and audiences for writing To introduce students to writing workshop and classroom publishing To give every child the opportunity to experience early success as a writer To build the confidence of even struggling or reluctant writers Procedure Introduce the new skill  by identifying and describing it (see examples in the downloadable document below). Read aloud one or more mentor texts that have many examples of the targeted skill. I like to read one as an introduction the first day and then reread it or read other examples on subsequent days. Have students brainstorm a list of examples as you write them on chart paper. Examples may...

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