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A Picture Book Poetry Lesson from WritingFix
Focus Trait: WORD CHOICE Support Trait: ORGANIZATION

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Welcome to this Lesson:

Listen to the Word Choice of Authors

crafting a poem about the wind, modeled after Listen to the Rain.

This lesson was built for WritingFix after being proposed by NNWP Teacher Consultant
Karen McGee
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The mentor text:

Listen to the Rain is a wonderful picture book poem that sets up a pattern that students can easily impersonate to write about other natural weather occurrences.


Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

Bill Martin Jr. creates a rain storm with his word choice in his book, Listen to the Rain. When students analyze this text and attend to the way the words are deliberately used to create a mood, they can innovate to create a new text. Because the analysis is a group action which creates a Content Word Wall, students are freed from the anxiety of having to find the “just right” words necessary to create their own texts. Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.


6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait in this writing assignment is word choice; the writer’s goal is to choose words from a variety of published authors which will create a mood of a wind storm.   The support trait in this assignment is organization; the writer will model Bill Martin Jr.’s text pattern to create a new poem which will contain many of the words from the Content Word Wall.


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