Family Reunion by Mary Quattlebaum

April Theme:  Sentence Fluency

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

March 2011 – Word Choice

This month’s theme is Sentence Fluency.  How can we use picture books to model for students how authors vary their sentence structure?  How do authors create flow with their sentences?

Recommended Grades: 2-5

Family Reunion is the story of a weeklong family get together.  However, the story is told through fifteen poems.

Lesson idea: Read aloud this book and discuss how the author wrote the story through poems, as a ballad. How does writing in this way provide sentence fluency for the piece?  Does writing in rhyme help create fluency?  Have students practice sentence fluency by writing their own ballad in four line stanzas to tell a story.  They may want to take a piece they’ve already written and see if they can turn it into a ballad with four line stanzas.  Does it help the piece flow better?

**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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