I had a lot of fun considering favorite picture books as I considered the variety of ways one could organize a story. So many times in elementary school kids are given a prescription for writing and they must follow that. Writing is more fun when students are free to organize their thoughts or ideas creatively. Four picture books provide inspiration for young writers by demonstrating different book structures and encouraging students to organize a story uniquely.
I have struggled to decide what book to feature for word choice this week. I’ll try to think of more for next week. One that comes to mind is Falcon by Tim Jessell. In this book, the narrator, a child, dreams he is a falcon soaring through the sky. Before I talk about words, let me just say that the artwork is breathtakingly realistic. I love the art!
Beyond the illustrations, though, the analogies in the book carefully create the image of flying or soaring in the reader’s mind. Strong verbs also give it life. Although the entire book is about a boy dreaming he was a falcon flying, it does not feel repetitive. I love the subtle wish at the end “if only.” Falcon could be a strong book for discussing word choice in the class room.
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It’s time for another Six Traits Sunday with Comprehension Connection! Voice is the topic this week. When I teach this at co-op, I may bring in books by the same author and talk about how the author’s show their voice: Lois Ehlert, Denise Fleming, Jan Brett, Byron Barton, Mo Willems. They all are distinct in their style and therefore their voice. You look at a book and know who wrote it.
Two books do come to mind as unique in exploring voice, especially a voice that adapts throughout the book.