Top 10 Posts for 2013

Here are the top 10 posts of 2013 on my blog! Thanks for following, commenting, and sharing this year with me!!!

1. 10 for 10 Mentor Texts for Word Choice

2. What to do about To Do Lists

3. Mentor Text Lesson: OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW by Kate Messner

4. Picture Book Month Day 10: A PIG PARADE IS A TERRIBLE IDEA by Michael Ian Black

5. Keeping Track of Submissions

6. Mentor Text Lesson Plan: ONOMATOPOEIA

7. Mentor Text Lesson Plan: STONE BENCH IN AN EMPTY PARK selected by Paul B. Janeczko

8. We’re All in this Together: Rejection Post #1

9. Mentor Text Tuesday: Laminate the Text

10. Mentor Text Tuesday: Scavenge the Books

Mentor Text Spreadsheet: Picture Book Month in Review

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Picture Book Month is officially over. But I have created one last thing to share with you on mentor texts. Each day, I shared a mentor text post with you featuring different ways that each of these books could be used to teach writing skills to young writers.

Picture Book Month Mentor Text Posts

I’m now introducing a spreadsheet that summarizes all of the texts I referenced in November. The spreadsheet includes a list of all of the texts, links to their posts, and the skills for each text. Then I broke the spreadsheet workbook into various pages–one page for EACH skill. So if you are looking for all of the books that teach Onomatopoeia that I mentioned in November, then you can access them all on one page. This is the list of skills that have their own pages:

* Adjectives

* Alliteration

* Description

* Figurative Language

* Imagery

* Onomatopoeia

* Organization

* Personal Narrative

* Persuasive Texts

* Point of View

* Sensory Words

* Sentence Variety

* Specificity

* Tone/Mood

* Voice

* Vivid Verbs

* Word Choice

* Word Play

Because there are so many different skills, you can’t see them all at once. You might see this button on the bottom right hand side of the spreadsheet.

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Use the arrows to scroll right and left to access all of the pages. They are listed from left to right in alphabetical order.

Mentor Text Spreadsheet 

Picture Book Month Day 30: Picture Books as Writing Mentor Texts featuring A TROOP IS A GROUP OF MONKEYS

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A TROOP IS A GROUP OF MONKEYS

by Julie Hedlund

Illustrated by Pamela Baron

Summary:

This app is now a print book that includes collective nouns that describe animals.

Mentor Text Writing Skills:

* Specificity

* Vivid Verbs

* Adjectives

* Alliteration

* Word Choice

A TROOP IS A GROUP OF MONKEYS is also featured as an app.  A SHIVER OF SHARKS, another book in the same series, is also featured as an app.


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Interested in writing picture books?? Julie Hedlund, author of A TROOP IS A GROUP OF MONKEYS, is the mother of 12×12 picture book challenge.  Check out her website for more details.

I’m also very excited to watch Julie’s hybrid publishing venture of MY LOVE FOR YOU IS THE SUN. It’s a crowdfunded picture book that already has an illustrator and a publisher. I’ve backed it on Kickstarter because I want to support her on this venture (and because I want this book for my kids). If you are interested, check out her Kickstarter campaign page. 


 

For more information about mentor texts, check out these links:

Mentor Text Resources

Mentor Text Lesson Plans

Mentor Text Tips

Glossary of Mentor Text Terms

List of all Picture Book Month Posts

LITTLE CHICKEN’S BIG CHRISTMAS: A Must-Buy for Black Friday

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LITTLE CHICKEN’S BIG CHRISTMAS

by Jerry & Katie Davis

It’s Black Friday. You will find me in my pajamas writing and purchasing things from the comfort of my computer. I will not venture out to the big box stores again (unless I really, really have to).

If you know me really well, you know that my biggest fear is CHICKENS. Don’t laugh. BUT, there is one chicken I really don’t mind. It’s LITTLE CHICKEN from LITTLE CHICKEN’S BIG DAY and LITTLE CHICKEN’S BIG CHRISTMAS.

LITTLE CHICKEN’S BIG CHRISTMAS  is only on sale right now as a Kindle book. But if you have a kid who doesn’t mind the screen, then you should buy this for your own little chicken. I think it will be one of those books you find yourself quoting.

My personal review of LITTLE CHICKEN’S BIG CHRISTMAS 

Picture Book Month Day 29: Picture Books as Writing Mentor Texts featuring MONSTORE

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MONSTORE

by Tara Lazar

Illustrated by James Burks

Aladdin, 2013

Summary:

Zack needs a monster to keep his sister away from his room, but every monster he buys doesn’t work, and buying more monsters doesn’t work either. He has to find a solution to his monstrosity of a problem.

Mentor Text Writing Skills:

* Tone

* Alliteration

* Word Play

* Vivid Verbs


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Interested in writing picture books?? Tara Lazar, author of MONSTORE, is the mother of PiBoIdMo. Check out her website for more details.


 

For more information about mentor texts, check out these links:

Mentor Text Resources

Mentor Text Lesson Plans

Mentor Text Tips

Glossary of Mentor Text Terms

List of all Picture Book Month Posts

Picture Book Month Day #28: Picture Books as Writing Mentor Texts featuring GIANT DANCE PARTY

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GIANT DANCE PARTY

by Betsy Bird

Illustrated by Brandon Dorman

Greenwillow, 2013

Summary:

Lexy loves to dance, but when she gets up on stage, she freezes. When she offers to help others with their dancing skills, she doesn’t anticipate that giants will sign up to dance.

Mentor Text Writing Skills:

* Figurative Language

* Vivid Verbs

* Alliteration

* Specificity

 


 

For more information about mentor texts, check out these links:

Mentor Text Resources

Mentor Text Lesson Plans

Mentor Text Tips

Glossary of Mentor Text Terms

List of all Picture Book Month Posts

Picture Book Month Day #27: Picture Books as Writing Mentor Texts featuring GHOST IN THE HOUSE

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GHOST IN THE HOUSE

by Ammi-Joan Paquette

Illustrated by Adam Record

Candlewick, 2013

Summary:

When a ghost, a mummy, a skeleton, and a witch all go sneaking through the house, they are most startled by a little human boy.

Mentor Text Writing Skills:

* Adjectives

* Onomatopoeia

* Vivid Verbs

* Alliteration

 


 

For more information about mentor texts, check out these links:

Mentor Text Resources

Mentor Text Lesson Plans

Mentor Text Tips

Glossary of Mentor Text Terms

List of all Picture Book Month Posts

Picture Book Month Day 26: Picture Books as Mentor Texts featuring WHEN MARIAN SANG

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WHEN MARIAN SANG: THE TRUE RECITAL OF MARIAN ANDERSON

by Pam Munoz Ryan

Illustrated by Brian Selznick

Scholastic, 2002

Summary:

WHEN MARIAN SANG is a biography featuring the life of African-American singer, Marian Anderson, a woman who broke barriers for African-Americans during the time of the Jim Crow laws.

Mentor Text Writing Skills:

* Word Choice

* Specificity

* Figurative Language

* Sensory Words

* Narrative Nonfiction


 

For more information about mentor texts, check out these links:

Mentor Text Resources

Mentor Text Lesson Plans

Mentor Text Tips

Glossary of Mentor Text Terms

List of all Picture Book Month Posts

Picture Book Month Day 25: Picture Books as Writing Mentor Texts featuring NIGHTSONG

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NIGHTSONG

by Ari Berk

Illustrated by Loren Long

Scholastic, 2012

Summary:

Chiro the bat learns to fly away from his mother and how to survive by using his senses.

Mentor Text Writing Skills:

* Word Choice

* Sensory words

* Specificity

* Vivid Verbs


 

For more information about mentor texts, check out these links:

Mentor Text Resources

Mentor Text Lesson Plans

Mentor Text Tips

Glossary of Mentor Text Terms

List of all Picture Book Month Posts

Picture Book Month Day 24: Picture Books as Writing Mentor Texts featuring DAVE THE POTTER

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DAVE THE POTTER

by Laban Carrick Hill

Illustrated by Bryan Collier

Little, Brown, 2010

Summary:

Dave was a slave who created beautiful pottery and even wrote poetry on the pots. This is a lyrical story that mostly focuses on the creation of the pots themselves. Historical information is detailed in the back matter.

Mentor Text Writing Skills:

* Word Choice

* Adjectives

* Specificity

* Figurative Language


 

For more information about mentor texts, check out these links:

Mentor Text Resources

Mentor Text Lesson Plans

Mentor Text Tips

Glossary of Mentor Text Terms

List of all Picture Book Month Posts