craft · Kevin Henkes · mentor texts · picture book · reading-writing connections

Craft Tables for You — Part I of III

Craft tables are a way to organize one’s thinking about a books teachers will be use as a mentor text.  Since a good deal of the mentor text work we do with students in writing workshop happens during one-to-one writing conferences and during small group strategy lessons, it helps to know books really well.  Hence,… Continue reading Craft Tables for You — Part I of III

academic choice · jacqueline woodson · Kevin Henkes · Khadra Mohammed · literary essay · sandra cisneros

I’m a bit astonished!

I am creating a list of writing partnerships for my students' Literary Essay Unit of Study based on the texts they've selected to examine, from the packet of 11 texts I gave them, for their literary essay. Would you believe that only five of the six texts are represented from the packet?!!? I'm a bit… Continue reading I’m a bit astonished!

Cynthia Rylant · Eve Bunting · jacqueline woodson · Kevin Henkes · Khadra Mohammed · Lenore Look · literary essay · mentor texts · minilesson · sandra cisneros

Literary Essay Texts

During our common planning time today, my colleagues and I brainstormed a list of texts we're going to have students select from for their literary essays. Many people think that kids should pick whatever book they're reading, I've come to believe that having children select from a pre-selected set of short texts is better. A… Continue reading Literary Essay Texts