December Theme: Ideas
This month’s theme is Ideas. How can we use picture books to model for students how authors come up with ideas for their writing?
Recommended Grades: 3-5
Have I Got a Book for You! by Melanie Watt (author of the Scaredy Squirrel series of books) is all about Mr. Al Foxword and the book he wants to sell the reader. The book you are holding in your hand. He spends the length of the book trying to get you to purchase the book. Will you buy into his sales pitch?
Lesson idea: This is a fantastic book to model for children ideas. Read aloud this book and discuss the ways the author, through Mr. Al Foxword, tries to convince you to purchase the book. Then, brainstorm ideas/topics that students may choose to write their own sales pitch about. Have them use this book as a model to write a sales pitch of their own.
If you are looking for additional resources and ways to teach ideas to students, please read the post I wrote about S is for Story: A Writer’s Alphabet, John Philip Duck, Abe’s Fish: A Boyhood Tale of Abraham Lincoln, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs or Artful Reading.
**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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