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Picture Books for Teaching the Traits of Writing: Organization

last modified on 02/12/2009

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Trait-based instruction, as developed by Ruth Culham, is an effective tool to help students learn the specific skills necessary to make their writing really work. The picture books in this list can serve as mentor texts to teach the Organization Trait.

Total: 9
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Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo!

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by Rosetta Stone, illustrated by Michael Frith

Interest Level: Grades K - 2

Grade Level Equivalent: 2.3

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Animal Stories, Comedy and Humor, General Fiction

Resources: Yes

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Use this book as a mentor text to model cause and effect in a plot.

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Brave Margaret: An Irish Adventure

Interest Level: Grades K - 2

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.2

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Adventure, Fables, Folk Tales and Myths, Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction and Fantasy

Resources: Yes

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Model opening paragraphs by reading the beginning of this mentor text aloud.

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Daisy Comes Home

by Jan Brett, illustrated by Jan Brett

Interest Level: Grades K - 2

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.2

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Adventure, Animal Stories

Resources: Yes

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Read this book aloud to model the sequence of events in a plot.

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How I Became a Pirate

by Melinda Long, illustrated by David Shannon

Interest Level: Grades K - 2

Grade Level Equivalent: 2.3

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Comedy and Humor

Resources: Yes

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Read aloud the opening paragraphs of this book to model good beginnings.

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How Many Days to America?: A Thanksgiving Story

by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Beth Peck

Interest Level: Grades K - 2

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.2

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: General Fiction

Resources: Yes

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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

(If You Give )

by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond

Interest Level: Grades PreK - 3

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.2

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Comedy and Humor, Dictionaries, Reference, Series

Resources: Yes

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Cause and effect are clearly (and humorously) modeled in the mentor text.

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The Mousehole Cat

Interest Level: Grades K - 2

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.5

Includes: Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Westerns

Resources: Yes

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Use this book to model the sequence of events in a plot.

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The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!

by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith

Interest Level: Grades K - 3

Grade Level Equivalent: 2.5

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Fable, Fairy Tale, Comedy and Humor

Resources: Yes

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A familiar tale told in a new way helps model the importance of the sequence of events in a plot.

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Where the Wild Things Are

by Maurice Sendak, illustrated by Maurice Sendak

Interest Level: Grades PreK - 3

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.4

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Bedtime Stories, Classics, Fantasy, Science Fiction and Fantasy

Resources: Yes

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This mentor text can serve as a springboard to talking with students about sequence of events.

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