Spot the Plot: A Riddle Book of Book Riddles by J. Patrick Lewis

March Theme:  Six Traits Mentor Texts

This month, my focus is on books that can be used as mentor texts when teaching the Six Traits of Writing.

Recommended Grades: 3-5

Six Traits:  Organization

I loved Spot the Plot: A Riddle Book of Book Riddles at first glance!  The author took a mix of thirteen current books and classics and wrote a riddle to describe each book.

An Example:  “A magical telling, a pig for the selling, a spider is spelling out words that amaze. . .”

Lesson idea: Read aloud this book and have fun with it.  See if your students can guess the answer to the riddle (this may be difficult for younger students who don’t have the background knowledge of some of the books).  You may want to choose to only read the riddles that you think your students will know.  After, have students practice writing riddles to describe a book they have read.  Have students determine the book based on the riddle.  Organize all of the riddles together into a class book.

**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 about teaching students about organizaion 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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