I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff

January Theme:  Organization

Happy New Year!  Over the next five months (and last month!), 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.

This month’s theme is Organization.  How can we use picture books to model for students how authors choose to organize their writing?

Recommended Grades: K-2

I Wanna Iguana is a cute book of letters between a boy and his mother.  Alex wants to convince his mother that he should receive his friend’s iguana when the friend moves.  He provides plenty of reasons for his mother and his mother seems to refute each one.  Will the boy receive the iguana in the end?

Lesson idea: Read aloud this book and discuss how the author organized the book into letters between mother and son.  Also, discuss how Alex tries to persuade his mother to let him have the iguana.  Read other models of books that are organized as letters.  Dear Teacher by Amy Husband is another great model of a book organized as letters.  Have students choose a topic and two characters to write letters back and forth.  Perhaps combine with a unit on persuasion and have students write letters to have one character persuade another character to do something.   

If you are looking for additional resources and ways to teach organization to students, find past posts under the Organization tag.

**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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