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A lesson inspired by the NNWP's
Six by Six
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About this lesson's author:

Jodie Black is an all day kindergarten teacher at Rollan Melton Elementary. She started the kindergarten/tuition-based program in the Washoe County School District (WCSD). She has taught primary grades for over 20 years. She earned her Masters in education from the University of Nevada, Reno, and has a National Board Certification. Jodie was the Co-director of the NNWP for 5 years, during which time she hosted the Piñon Poetry Festival.

This Lesson:

Focus Trait:
Word Choice

Lesson's Mentor Text:

by Anne Shelby

Thirty-six trait-based lessons for
primary writers can be found in:

The lesson on this page was inspired by the Northern Nevada Writing Project's Six by Six Guide. Click here to see how to order your own copy, which contains thirty-six trait lessons like the one found on this page.

Big Ideas behind this Lesson:

Trait Focus: Word Choice –The concept focus is Word Choice as alliteration. In this writing word choice must follow phonics rules for beginning sounds.

Standards Addressed:

  • Demonstrate phonological awareness of spoken words through: onset and rime awareness.


This a lesson that works early in the school year for kindergartners, during the time when you are learning each other’s names and focusing on beginning sounds. I have done this lesson around Thanksgiving to coincide with the lesson of sharing in the literature tie in.

  • A lesson in putting name cards in ABC order might precede and inform this writing lesson.
  • Using a list of names in ABC order, the whole class works together to think of names of foods that begin with the same letter sound as the names in the class.
  • Give the students a chance or two to say their own sentences orally. “Maya brought mashed potatoes.” I do this as “take the roll” for a day or two.
  • Students can change their minds from day to day if you give them a few days to try various word choices.
  • Letting students try out different word choices will give you an anecdotal assessment of who gets the alliteration idea and who doesn’t.


Potluck by Anne Shelby. This is an Alphabet book. Children with names beginning A-Z bring foods to share with the whole group.


  • Start with a names chart with all the students’ names listed, or create one as you move through the class names.
  • Pick the verb that will work with your book idea. (Examples, brought, bought, ate, had, shared, cooked, gave, wanted, likes, loves.)
  • Write out each name in a sentence: Jacob likes jam. Carly loves carrots, etc.
  • On another day, cut the chart into sentence strips so each child has his own sentence, or gather by the computer and word process the sentences as the children look on.
  • Add illustrations to the sentence pages, or do artwork on another page and write or glue on the alliteration sentences.

Tools Needed:

Chart paper, list of student’s names, ideas for foods ready ahead of time if some names are hard to alliterate, computer (if you decide to type the sentences).


We illustrated our class book with bright watercolor illustrations. I encourage the children to make their food item as large as the whole piece of construction paper.


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