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Craft Tables for You — Part III of III

This week I’m sharing the Happy Like Soccer craft table my graduate students created.  My students worked in partnerships to flesh out explanations for craft moves they identified in Maribeth Boelts’s book on the second day of class.   I asked them to create a craft table with a partner for two reasons.  First, I wanted my students to get some practice with hypothesizing about why an author used a particular craft move.  (They were going to create a craft table of their own for their final project so I thought it would help to have-a-go of it with a partner prior to having to create one on their own.)  Second, Maribeth Boelts was coming to speak to our class so I wanted them to know one of her picture books really well.  Therefore, they had quite a bit of motivation to get to know the text well plus they knew the final document could help them get to know the book better so they could use Happy Like Soccer as a mentor text in their own writing workshops.

Some notes about the craft table below:

  • If you download it you’ll notice several writing styles in the document.  That’s because this craft table was the compilation of the entire class’s partnership work.
  • Several craft moves (e.g., dialogue, movement through time and place) were written out by multiple partnerships. 
    • In an effort to make this craft table as concise as possible for you, I took the liberty of whittling it down so there is just one explanation of each craft move.
  • You’ll want to read though the craft table with Happy Like Soccer at your side.  You might want to use their teaching points (i.e., the explanations of the craft moves) as-is.  You might want to change their explanations about the craft moves to fit the way you talk/adjust them to meet the needs of students at your grade level.   
  • My students granted me permission to share their work online with the TWT Community.
  • If you download the Happy Like Soccer craft table (below), then please take the time to leave a comment for my students who worked diligently to create this craft table. 
    • This assignment was a practice assignment for their individual craft tables, so it wasn’t graded.  However, all of the partnerships revised some of their initial explanations to reflect what they learned about using children’s literature to teach writing by the end of the class.
Click on the link below to download the craft table you can use in conjunction with this book.

Happy Like Soccer Craft Table

Please note: This is the final post in a series of three about using craft tables to help you prepare for 1:1 writing conferences or strategy lessons.  If you missed the initial post, which talked about what craft tables are and how to create them, then click here to read it now.  (That post included two downloads for craft tables that dealt with the books Old Bear by Kevin Henkes and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen.)  Last week’s post included downloads of craft tables for Bun Bun Button by Patricia Polacco and One Green Apple by Eve Bunting.

Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

3 thoughts on “Craft Tables for You — Part III of III Leave a comment

  1. Since we just bought Happy Like Soccer for all of our fifth grade teachers, I am sharing this post with them and hoping that they all use it as a mentor text for many, many craft moves. Thank you for all of the explicit suggestions! Your craft table is SO well thought out thorough! An amazing teaching tool!!!


  2. thanks so much for these! i’ve done some of this kind of work on my own but not thought deeply about there needing to be more than one place in the text that shows the same craft move. it’s such an important point and is helping me to go back and revise the craft tables i had created a few years ago. thank you!


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