1. Voice and Fluency >>> If you are looking to teach voice, look to Mo Williams. My first graders LOVED reading his books taking turns being characters and adding voice to make it interesting. It also helped build fluency. Here are some great Elephant and Piggie must-haves:
2. Persuasive Writing >>>> The art of persuasion has not been mastered by Pigeon, but kids can really see different strategies to incorporate into their writing. Not only do the students love these books, but they are a great teaching tool. (After you start your collection, you can even do an author study on Mo Williams!)
3. Making inferences & Text-to-Text Connections >>> David Shannon's books about David are a great way to teach inferences. There are not a lot of words, but all your students can generally relate to David's problems. He has so many good books, students can start to build text-to-text connections as well. Other greats include: Alice the Fairy, Pirates Don't Change Diapers, and A Bad Case of the Stripes.
4. Character Education >>>> There are so many good books out there which teach character education during this school year. These books can become familiar reads for your students to build fluency as well as for you to build teaching concepts with. Here are some of my favorites.
>>>>If you have never read or do not own Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth it is the BEST book and so powerful! Go buy it, you won't regret it! Click the cover to go to amazon.>>>>
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