Everything Spring by Jill Esbaum

March Theme:  Six Traits Mentor Texts

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

Recommended Grades: K-2

Six Traits:  Word Choice

This book provides readers with the sights and sounds of spring which creates a perfect opportunity to tie in sensory details and discuss the author’s word choice.

Everything Spring takes the reader through the birth of spring from the budding of new flowers and trees to the birth of new animals.  Through the author’s choice of words, the reader can almost feel as if they are “splish-splashing” through the water with the ducks!

Lesson idea: Read aloud Everything Spring to your kindergarten through 2nd grade students.  Discuss and generate a list of all of the sensory words that you discover.  In a separate session, and as a class, choose a topic.  In a shared writing experience, generate sensory words that describe the topic.  Encourage students to immerse themselves in the topic.  What do they see, smell, feel, taste, hear?  Later, create a shared writing piece using the sensory details.

**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 word choice 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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