The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds

Recommended Grades: K-5

Some people collect coins, some collect stamps, but Jerome collects words.  Words that transform, connect, and empower.  This is a celebration of finding your own words and the impact you can have when you share them with the world.

Lesson Idea: 

Mentor Text; Six Traits of Writing – Word Choice:  Peter H. Reynolds books are always whimsical and inviting to young readers.  The Word Collector is no different.  Read aloud this book to provide students with an opportunity to realize that they too, can collect words in their writer’s notebooks.  And use the story to empower them to share those collected words with the world through their writing.

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Amelia Writes Again by Marissa Moss

Recommended Grades: 3-5

In this sequel to Amelia’s Notebook, can Amelia keep her friend and her secrets at the same time?

Lesson Idea:

Writers Workshop


Writers’ Notebooks: Read aloud Amelia’s Notebook and Amelia Writes Again.  Discuss how Amelia uses her notebooks to write thoughts, paste pictures, and other items.  Provide notebooks for students to create their own writers’ notebooks.  Use Amelia’s Notebook and Amelia Writes Again as models.  Encourage students to use their notebooks to keep “seeds” in for writing.  Inspiration can come from anywhere!

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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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