Artful Reading by Bob Raczka

March Theme:  Six Traits Mentor Texts

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

Recommended Grades: 3-5    

Six Traits:  Ideas

Artful Reading (Bob Raczka’s Art Adventures) combines two things I love – art and reading.  In this book, the author uses paintings by famous artists (Manet, Van Gogh, Cassatt, Renoir, etc) which show the subject or subjects reading.  For each painting, he provides one sentence related to the painting and reading.  This is a fabulous book to introduce fine arts to young children as well as the joys of reading.

Lesson idea: Read aloud this book and discuss the works of art as well as how the author began with the works of art to organize the book.  Discuss other ways one might choose to organize ideas into a text (i.e. names of songs, lines from songs, specific math or science concepts, or historically based artwork from a period in history you are studying).  Provide an opportunity for students to create a writing piece around an idea or seed 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 Abe’s Fish: A Boyhood Tale of Abraham Lincoln or the post I wrote on Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.

**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.

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