Thursday, January 27, 2011

Week 17.1: Books to use in Writing Workshop

Today's post is slightly different. I recently was talking with some teachers about books to use for the purpose of teaching minilessons in writing workshop. Some of them have already been listed in other posts, but here is a short summary of the titles we discussed:

The Sandwich Swap seems to show how to use the same line (or a variation) as the opening and closing

Books for word choice, language:
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach by Caremen Deedy has great vocabulary and language
Come on, Rain by Karen Hesse great language and use of similes
The Bunyans by Audrey Wood shows different ways to say "big"

Books that inspire writers to look for ideas:
Once Upon a Baby Brother by Sarah Sullivan
The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood
Courage by Bernard Waber
Serendipity by Tobi Tobias

Books to cherish for great author's craft:
Night in the Country by Cynthia Rylant
Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant

Books that show how books work:
The Plot Chickens by Mary Jane and Herm Auch
Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One by Kate Duke

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