The Bookshelf: Professional Development Resources

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I can write like that: A guide to mentor texts and craft studies for writers' workshop, K-6 by Susan Ehmann and Kellyann Gayer (2009). International Reading Association. ISBN: 978-0-87207-708-9

Here is a book full of resources that will help you select children's literature that captures a wide variety of elements that real authors use to craft their writing! The resources will serve as quality models for your students when you teach writing. They exemplify literature resources that capture a wide variety of literary elements. For example, if you are teaching the craft of alliteration, the recommended books are:

Ellsworth's Extraordinary Electric Ears: And Other Amazing Alphabet Anecdotes by Valorie Fisher (2003). This book uses photographs to create alliteration for each letter of the alphabet.

H is for Home Run by Brad Herzog ( (2004) . This is an alphabet book that captures the theme of baseball using alliteration and rhymes.

Journey Around Chicago From A to Z by Martha Day Zschock ((2005). This book captures Chicago history using alliterative facts.

Some Smug Slug by Pamela Duncan Edwards (1996). This alliterative tale captures the adventures of a creature who encounters a surprising end to his story.

Watch William Walk by Ann Jonas (1997). This book recounts a story about William, Wilma, Wally, and Wanda.

For books that capture the concept of hyperbole, two of five of the recommended books are:

Dogs Rule! by Daniel Kirk (2003). A book that includes poetry from a dog's point of view.

Whoosh Went the Wind by Sally Derby (2006). This humorous book captures incredible childhood excuses that children give to teachers for not accomplishing school expectations.

There are over twenty categories of writers' craft elements with children's book references that are included in this resource. A sampling of the elements are:

* Metaphor

* Onomatopoeia

* Personification

* Point of view

* Wordplay

* Repetition

* Simile

* Cumulative Text

A worthwhile resource for language arts teachers!

Children's Books about Ohio

If you are looking for books that capture Ohio history, here are some resources that you will want to add to your list!

Aurora Meets Dawn by Scott Russell Sanders (1989) is an historical fiction picture book in which the author shares the adventures of one real family's travels to, and eventual settlement, in Aurora, Ohio. …