S is for Story: A Writer’s Alphabet by Esther Hershenhorn

December Theme:  Ideas

This month’s theme is Ideas.  How can we use picture books to model for students how authors come up with ideas for their writing?

Recommended Grades: 3-5

S is for Story: A Writer’s Alphabet is part of the series of alphabet books by Sleeping Bear Press.  This is a great series of books that includes titles such as T is for Teacher and R is for Rhyme.  This particular book shares elements of writing through the alphabet.

Lesson idea: I really like the idea of using the alphabet to write a book.  It’s a simple concept for children to grasp.  And you could really use the alphabet to write a book on pretty much any topic.  Discuss how the author turned the idea of using the alphabet into a writing piece.  Share many models of alphabet books and then have students create their own alphabet book based on a topic of choice.

If you are looking for additional resources and ways to teach ideas to students, please read the post I wrote about John Philip Duck, Abe’s Fish: A Boyhood Tale of Abraham Lincoln, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs or Artful Reading.

**Note** I provide these lesson ideas under the assumption that you are familiar with The Six Traits of Writing.  If you are not, and would like more information on teaching students about ideas or any other six traits component, please feel free to contact me at Dlittle[at]linkstoliteracy[dot]com.  I am happy to provide more specific lessons or resources if necessary.

©2010 by Dawn Little for Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.

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