March Theme: Word Choice
For the first half of 2011, I will take time to focus on picture books that you can use with each of the Six Traits of Writing. Each month will be dedicated to a new trait.
December 2010 – Ideas
January 2011 – Organization
February 2011 – Voice
This month’s theme is Word Choice. How can we use picture books to model for students how authors pick specific words for their writing? How do authors use words to convey a feeling or a get a point across?
Recommended Grades: K-3
Nouns and Verbs Have a Field Day is the companion to Punctuation Takes a Vacation. When the students leave the classroom for their field day, the nouns and verbs decide they should have a field day, too. When they realize that nouns can’t stay with nouns and verbs can’t stay with verbs, they work together to create a message for the class.
Lesson idea: After reading aloud this book, discuss parts of speech and how nouns and verbs work together to create a sentence. Provide students with index cards with various nouns and verbs. Have students sort the cards into nouns and verbs. Differentiate by having students who are already familiar with nouns and verbs create their own cards of nouns and verbs.
If you are looking for additional resources and ways to teach word choice to students, find past posts under the Word Choice tag.
**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 organization 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.
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