Wonderful Words: Poems About Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins

August:  Getting Started with Writer’s and Reader’s Workshop

As we round the corner of summer and start our preparations for “back to school” in the U.S., this month I’ll share picture books that can be used as you plan for your writer’s and/or reader’s workshop.

Recommended Grades: 2-5


Wonderful Words: Poems About Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening is a collection of poetry about reading, writing, speaking, and listening.  It’s a celebration of words that influence our lives.      

Lesson idea: 

Reader’s Workshop: Use this book to begin your Reading Workshop at the beginning of the year to get to know your students as readers.  Read aloud one or more of the poems in this collection and discuss how reading and words influence our lives.  Then have students write their own poems related to reading or writing.

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Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates

Theme: Creating a Classroom Full of Readers and Writers

Writer’s Workshop: Getting to Know Students as Readers

Recommended Grades: 3rd -5th  grade

Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates is about a dog who loves books so much he decides to open his own bookstore.  After a few false starts, he finally receives a customer who wants a book.  And Dog, being an avid reader, knows just what to recommend.  This is a short book that demonstrates fairly simply how a reader can lose himself in a book.

Lesson Idea: Read aloud this book.  Discuss how Dog loses himself in books.  What does that look like?  What does he imagine?  Ask your students to brainstorm a list of reading material (books, magazines, fiction, informational, etc.) that each student may have lost themselves in.  I think you will find that even your most reluctant and/or dormant readers will have at least one example.  And if they don’t, make it your mission to help them find that one book this year.  Use this book as a starting point to get to know each of your students as readers – their reading likes and dislikes.

©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.