Happy 7/7 Sunday friends! As you read this, I will be driving to Pensacola for a relaxing (hopefully rain-less) vacation for a few days! But don't worry, I have some posts scheduled so you won't miss me too much. :o) I have a totally random post coming, so get ready! With Five For Friday being on a break, I just had to get all this randomness out somehow!
First, I want to remind any southeastern bloggers reading this that our Atlanta Meet-Up is approaching fast!! There are eight of us attending right now, and we'd love to have you join us! Click the button below for more info! It's going to be so fun!
Next, I had to share this funny with you... I was at the bookstore this week and saw this book...
Annnnnnd next on the list...... how many of you got started on collecting the secret words for your favorite packages in the HUGE Summer Planning Giveaway?? Start at I'm Lovin' Lit and hop through a few blogs, facebook pages, and TPT stores... become a fan, collect a word, and DONE! You get everything in the package! EVERYONE WINS in this giveaway!!
Also, I wanted to let all my followers know that TODAY ONLY, my Bubble Gum Day Unit will be 40% off as the Daily Deal over on Teacher's Notebook!
Alrighty, onto normal Sunday blogging! It's time for Collaboration Cuties' Mentor Text Party!
I'm linking up one of my favorites. (Do I say that every week? I think I do...)
This is a great book to use for narrative writing. I like to use it in my mini-lesson about how to take a small moment and stretch it into a vivid, detailed story. We've all read those DREADED stories... they woke up, they ate breakfast, they went to school, they learned, they came home, they ate snack, and oh my gosh, they got a puppy! It was so exciting and such a surprise! Then they ate dinner, they went to bed, and they dreamed about their new dog. And THAT is their story about getting a new dog.........
So after reading Fireflies! by Julie Brinckloe, we actually go back and count how many pages the author spent on telling about CATCHING the fireflies and compare it to the number of pages she used to lead up to the event, and the number of pages she used to bring the story to a close. This really drives the point home.
I have them draw themselves in a picture showing what they want to write about: as though it were a photograph (NOT a comic strip!) - the idea being, they can't be doing more than one thing... then I have them write around the picture everything they can remember about THAT moment: feelings, people, sounds, etc... This helps make their story more vivid. It's a great way to get them to stay focused on the moment they REALLY want to write about!
Make sure to go check out the other amazing books to read to cover Language Arts skills at Collaboration Cuties' blog! Enjoy your Sunday!