Giving students excellent models of writing is a great way to teach writing. But finding time to gather those models—to sift through the wealth of available children’s literature—can be challenging. That’s why trait expert Ruth Culham has developed these collections of picture books by top authors and illustrators. The 24 books in each bundle, four per trait, capture a range of genres, topics, and cultural and historical contexts. Each bundle comes with a sturdy storage tub and a handy, grade-specific teaching guide that contains:
• Background information on each trait and its key qualities • An annotated and illustrated list of books in the bundle, organized by trait • Fun, effective, teacher-tested activities, based on each trait’s key qualities • Checklists of trait-specific questions to ask when choosing picture books for teaching writing • A chart for pinpointing each book’s “target trait” and “secondary trait” at a glance • A form for recording model picture books that teachers find on their own
Read aloud these fine books to the class, discuss them in small groups, carry out the activities in the teaching guides, and watch students’ writing skills soar.
Includes: • 16-page teaching guide • 24 paperback trade books—two per trait • plastic storage unit