I’m in Charge of Celebrations by Byrd Baylor

August:  Getting Started with Writer’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 workshop.

Recommended Grades: 3-5

This is the story of a girl who shares her love for desert life through her personal experiences which she turns into celebrations.    

Lesson idea: 

Writer’s Workshop: Read aloud I’m in Charge of Celebrations and discuss how the girl turns her experiences into celebrations.  Use the book as a model for a writer’s notebook).  As part of your writer’s workshop, ask students to keep writer’s notebooks for “seeds” (ideas for writing topics).  Keep a writer’s notebook yourself, as well.  After reading aloud this book, with your class, brainstorm a list of everyday events that could be turned into celebrations.  Provide students an opportunity to brainstorm their own (personal) list in their writer’s notebook and add to it throughout the year as they think of other personal celebrations.

For additional posts on using a writer’s notebook in Writer’s Workshop:

Pictures from Our Vacation by Lynn Rae Perkins

When I was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant

Amelia’s Notebook by Marissa Moss

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