This week we have another wonderful book recommendation to share from the 2011 Literacy for All Conference, Featured Speaker Leah Mermelstein, Author and Consultant, Read-Write-Connect, INC., NY. As a reminder, We asked our speakers for (1) their favorite children’s book, (2) what stands out about this book for them as an educator, and (3) how they use it in their teaching.
1. There are too many wonderful books out there to choose just one favorite book, but The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is one of my treasured books for the teaching of writing. I love this book for K-5 students.
2 This book is easily found in most schools and includes hundreds of writing craft techniques to teach kids. What makes it especially helpful is some of the techniques are simple, while others are more complex.
3. I have used this book to teach foreshadowing for upper elementary kids. Towards the end of book it says, “He picked up a handful of snow—and another, and still another. He packed it round and firm and put the snowball in his pocket for tomorrow. Then he went into the warm house.” I talk to kids about how Ezra Jack Keats more than likely purposely and strategically put the words “warm house” to get readers to predict what might happen next. I then encourage students to think about their own stories and see if there are places where they can purposely and strategically place words that will get their own readers predicting.
Leah will be presenting the following sessions on Monday and Tuesday of the conference:
LCC-3 –Don’t Forget to Share: The Crucial Last Step in the Writing Workshop (Grades K–6)
LCD-2 –Guided Reading: Taking a Deeper Look at Book Introductions and the Transfer to Independent Reading (Grades K–2)
LCF-4 –Don’t Forget to Share: The Crucial Last Step in the Writing Workshop (Grades K–6) (Repeat)