Summary: A boy meets an artist in New York's streets and it sparks the boy's imagination. Vincent Van Gogh opens his eyes. Genre: Fantasy Writing Techniques: drawing, imagination, adjectives Writing Traits: Word choice is used very well in this book by teaching the students the importance of adjectives and describing words which could also teach conventions. Waldman, Neil. The Starry Night. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills, 1999. Print.
Summary: Students will make sentences using all the letters in the alphabet to describe things they see in the library. Genre: Children's Humor Writing Techniques: vocabulary, library learning, ABCS Writing Trait: Word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions are all taught through this book by making sentences and pointing out things in the library in ABC order. Farmer, Bonnie, and Chum McLeod. ABC Letters in the Library. Montréal: Lobster, 2005. Print.
Van Gogh Art Projects for Kids: The life and art of Vincent van Gogh is presented in an assembly to make art history come alive. Voice tapes, music lyrics, and van Gogh dress-up props motivate the children to investigate his artistic genius. In their classroom art activities texture is emphasized as they create their own oil pastel masterpieces of A Starry Night.
Summary: This book follows two birds as they explore the world of uniqueness. They find that no two things are alike almost but many things in the world are similar but has its own distinct differences. Genre: Juvenile Fiction Writing Techniques: simple sentence, punctuation, rhyming, antonyms, compare/contrast Writing Traits: Word Choice would help with this book because of how the author portrays all the birds. Baker, Keith. No two alike. New York: Beach Lane Books, 2011.
Summary:A young boy is proud of having caught a jar full of fireflies, which seems to him like owning a piece of moonlight. He realizes he must set the insects free or they will die. Genre: Children's story Writing Technique: life of fireflies, word choice, and science Writing Trait: Ideas would work well for this because it shows great clarity and detail in the writing about the tiny insects. Brinckloe, Julie. Fireflies!: Story and Pictures. New York: Macmillan, 1985. Print.
Summary: "There are many kinds of courage," the narrative begins. THis is showing different ways kids can have courage. Genre: Family Read Writing Techniques: growing up, courage, everyday things Writing Trait: The ideas in the book help children understand the importance of having courage and believing in themselves. Waber, Bernard. Courage. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2002. Print.
Summary: Each letter in the alphabet must climb up to the tree. Will they all have enough room? Genre: Children's literature Writing Techniques: rhyming, letters of alphabet, letter fluency Writing Traits: Conventions is a great way for this book because students will learn their ABC's. Martin, Bill, John Archambault, and Lois Ehlert. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. New York: Simon & Schuster for Young Readers, 1989. Print.
Summary: Jack and Adam both share their home experiences with one another. When kids are done with one half, they simply flip the book over for a different side of the story! Genre: Flip over children's story Writing Techniques: vocabulary, sentences, imagery, fluency Writing Trait: Voice is the perfect one for this book since you can hear two boys opinions on their home lives. Pilutti, Deb, and Linda Bleck. The City Kid & the Suburb Kid. New York: Sterling Pub., 2008. Print.
Summary: Three soldiers came marching down the road towards a French village. The peasants seeing them coming, suddenly became very busy. Genre: Children's Fiction Writing Techniques: vocabulary, sentence structure, history Writing Traits: Stone soup teaches the idea trait because the details in the book make it so vital and interesting. Muth, Jon J. Stone Soup. New York: Scholastic, 2003. Print.