Writing territories are topics each of us knows well. These topics we know well or enjoy learning more about. One writing territory I enjoy is baseball. I have read many picture books on the topic: narrative- first person, second person, third person, informational, historical fiction, biographies, ABC book, 101 Reasons, specific professional team. One topic; many forms of writing.
Kids need to see they can use their same topic in many writing forms. Comparing books is a great way to show children how they can explore writing techniques.
Bear and Duck by Katy Hudson is a fictional story about a bear who tries being a duck. An unlikely friendship forms.
Savorings for Bear and Duck:
- Power of 3
- Sequential steps
- How To
- Hyphenated words
Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead is about a bear who wants to share his story but helps his friends get ready for winter. Spring comes. Bear does random acts of kindness for his friends.
Savorings for Bear Has a Story to Tell:
- Story elements – great as a mentor text
- Sesnory description
- Love of Story
- Fast-forward Time
- Acts of Kindness
A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting by Michelle Robinson presents a different approach to bears. A little boy is on adventure to find bears with the reader speaking to him in second-person narrative. Love the voice in this book! Enjoy!
Savorings for A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting:
- Field Notes/ Writer’s notebook
- Reader talks to the character
- Second Person Narrative
- Compare/ Contrast