Nine-year old Amelia records her thoughts and feelings about moving, her new school and friends.
This is a great picture book to begin Writers Workshop. Writers notebooks/journals are a perfect place for students to keep topic ideas and snippets for writing. Before introducing writers notebooks/journals, read aloud this book and think aloud about the types of items that Amelia writes about in her notebook. Model for students by keeping your own writers notebook/journal and sharing it with them regularly.
This book can easily be used to model a lesson on voice as well. Written from the perspective of a nine-year old, many upper elementary students will be able to relate to Amelia. Think aloud about the ways Amelia keeps notes in her notebook and encourage students to follow suit in their own writers notebooks/journals.
For more information on writers notebooks/journals, an excellent resource is Wondrous Words by Katie Wood Ray.