Oct 28, 2009 by

Writing Trait/Strategy: Word choice; personification; poetry tools Mentor Text Suggestions: Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller Dirty Laundry Pile by Paul Janeczko (ed.) Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert The Scarecrow and His Servant by Philip Pullman The Goldfish Yawned by Elizabeth Sayles School Supplies: A Book of Poems by Lee Bennett Hopkins The People Could Fly by Virginia Hamilton Winter Barn by Pater Parnell Description: Personification is a comparison in which something that is not human is described with human qualities. This tool is used especially by poets, but authors of other texts as well, to create mind pictures for the reader. Introduce this literary craft to students by pointing out examples in mentor texts such as those listed above.   Activity: Have students go on a “personification walk.” Have them make a list...

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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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