Using high-quality picture books as models for writing is not a new concept. But using them to help students apply the traits of writing-ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation-is. This essential resource contains over 200 teacher-friendly annotations on new and classic books, organized by trait. It also contains plenty of step-by-step, trait-focused lessons based on specific books, which can be followed directly or easily adapted!
From the author: One of the hardest things about writing is figuring out what you want to say. Oh sure, there are many professional resources out there that offer suggestions for teaching students how to find topics, narrow them, and add details. Lots of those resources are helpful. A good teacher considers all tools that serve to improve her practice. Now add this one: picture books. No matter how old the writer, no matter how stuck the student may be to find a good topic, extraordinary picture books provide inspiration. From playing baseball to watching whales, from visiting Grandma to visiting the Grand Canyon, from being lost to being found, these books serve as wonderful models of how to work with an idea and make it real to the reader!