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Using One Book for Many Purposes

Posted on Thursday December 17, 2009 by Stacey

Read to the end of the post for ideas on “reading like a writer.”

When I started teaching I owned a handful of picture and chapter books.  I came armed with this handful and my love for Judy Blume.  I knew I liked to write, but really had no idea how to help a child become a stronger writer.  Over time, with a lot of guidance and professional development, I learned more about children’s books and became more adept at teaching writing.

One of the many things I learned along the way was that you can use one book for many purposes.   While it might seem helpful to have lots of books at your fingertips, to teach from, having a few, well-crafted texts you know really well also works.  Last year, there were a few texts I used for Interactive Read Aloud and as mentor texts for Writing Workshop.  While it may seem like overkill to keep coming back to the same text again and again, it’s really helpful for kids to learn how to write better from a book they have discussed in-depth with their peers.

When I took Lucy Calkins’s Course on reading-writing connections at the Summer 2008 TCRWP Writing Institute, our class spent a week dissecting Hurricane so we could use it as a teaching tool.  By the week’s end, everyone in the course worked on describing craft moves we noticed the author of Hurricane make that we could teach to a student.  We followed Lucy’s advice, when we did this, which was:



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