Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

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: 3-5

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen is a fantastic mentor text in the classroom.  A little girl and her father go owling one late, cold, winter night.  Her father calls out to the owls, but will one call back?

Lesson idea: Read aloud this book and discuss with students how the author uses simple and complex sentences to vary her sentence structure and fluency.  If necessary, provide a mini-lesson on simple and complex sentences.  Discuss how varying sentence structure relates to sentence fluency and makes a writing piece stronger.  Read aloud the text again to determine when the author uses simple and complex sentences.  How does it affect the flow of the text?   Have students use works in progress or create a writing piece and edit for use of simple and complex sentences.

**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 sentence fluency 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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