Picture Book Month Day 18: Picture Books as Writing Mentor Texts Featuring CREAKY OLD HOUSE

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CREAKY OLD HOUSE: A TOPSY-TURVY TALE OF A REAL FIXER UPPER

by Linda Ashman

Illustrated by Michael Chesworth

Sterling, 2009

Summary:

Nine people and a dog live in the creaky old house which needs a little work. When the doorknob needs to be replaced it sends the family on a never-ending renovation project, until they decide the house is perfect like it is (after the baby fixes the doorknob).

Mentor Text Writing Skills:

* Voice

* Tone

* Specificity

* Word Choice

Revision

After I’d written and scheduled, this post, Linda Ashman was featured on Julie Hedlund’s blog. On the guest post, she shows readers earlier drafts of CREAKY OLD HOUSE and talks about her revision process. I highly recommend showing students the varying stages of her revision and the final copy (the finished book).


 

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