Seesaw Pattern

Nov 4, 2009 by

Writing Trait/Strategy:

organization; structure

Mentor Text Suggestions:


The seesaw pattern is a simple pattern to teach young students, especially when you have mentor texts to model its use. Read aloud one of the books listed above and explain to students that it has a special pattern. After reading the book, ask students what pattern they noticed. Explain that this is called a seesaw pattern and is a common technique used by writers. Some writers use it throughout the entire book; others use this craft just in a section of a book. Choose a pattern and have students create one page for a class traveling book.  The samples below come from a class advice book that my students made for a teacher who had just had a baby.

Student Samples:

image    Seesaw Pattern 2