I feel so encouraged...a kindred spirit! My teaching has been revolutionized by Katie Wood Ray's "About the Authors" and her work with Matt Glover in "Already Ready." I've been using the writer's workshop format in my kindergarten class for three years and I'm continually inspired to see the literary masterpieces that 5-6 year-olds craft. One of my favorite quotes from a student came after craft lessons on personification. When she was sharing her work with me she stopped after a few pages and said, "You know Mrs. Reaves, as the author of this book I think that my readers would really like the dog to have personification like Doreen's cows." We had used "Click-Clack-Moo, Cows that Type" as a mentor text. It doesn't get much better than that!
I love it! It always amazes me the things kids learn about writing and the sophicated way they think of their writing using this teaching method! Thank you so much for sharing!!!
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