Pink is for Blobfish by Jess Keating

Recommended Grades: 3-5

A nonfiction picture book all about pink animals.  Keating describes the animal, shares an interesting fact or story about each one, and provides scientific data for each animal. 

Lesson Idea: 

Mentor Text; Six Traits of Writing – Organization:  Pink is for Blobfish is a great mentor text for organization and structure.  Read aloud the book to students during a study of animals.  Have them create their own scientific notebooks to include scientific data such as the name of the animal, the species name, size, diet, habitat, and predators or threats.

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Unite or Die: How Thirteen States Became a Nation by Jaqueline Jules

January Theme:  Organization

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: 4-6

Written as a school play, Unite or Die: How Thirteen States Became a Nation is the story of the transition of the colonies moving to independent states, and finally to a national government.  There are brief overviews written in the form of narration, but the meat of the “story” comes from the children who play different parts in the play and really describe what happened during this time.  To further clarify, the author also added notes to the book.

Lesson idea: I love how the author took an informational topic and organized it in such a way to engage children.  Read aloud this book as part of lessons on the Revolutionary War time period and beyond.  Discuss how the author organized the information into a school play.  Have students re-enact the play from the book.  Discuss with students the elements of a play.  Have students write their own play based on a historical event.

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.

©2011 by Dawn Little for Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.

Harriet Tubman: The Life of an African-American Abolitionist by Rob Shone & Anita Ganeri

January Theme:  Organization

Happy New Year!  Over the next five months (and last month!), I will take each month 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: 4-6

Harriet Tubman: The Life Of An African-American Abolitionist (Graphic Nonfiction) is just that, a book about the life of Harriet Tubman.  Obviously a bit longer than a picture book, the story is told in pictures through a comic book type organization (also known as graphic novels, etc.). Since this is nonfiction, the book also has features of nonfiction including a table of contents, diagrams, photographs, glossary, and index.

Lesson idea: The graphic nature of this book is a great way to engage kids in nonfiction topics.  Read aloud this book or parts of it.  Discuss with students how the author organized factual information into a graphic format and still used nonfiction features.  Have students choose an informational topic of their own to write about.  Use this book as a model for students to write their own graphic nonfiction.

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.

©2011 by Dawn Little for Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.