Hey There! I am having a Linky party to develop a group of mentor texts for teaching kids about voice in writing. I hope you'll join me!
I am trying to work on my Writer's Workshop this summer. I feel like I am on the verge of making it happen, but I have to say, I feel like it is the blind leading the blind when it comes to writing. I think that it is because I don't remember being taught how to write until I was a senior in high school, and then, Mr. Meyer never stopped! Before him, we were just told TO write, nobody conferenced with us or talked to us about writer's craft. He helped me a lot, but I certainly can't teach my 3rd graders the same way he taught us!
So, I am working on some mentor texts, and I thought I would start with VOICE. I have two that I use, and I am sure you are familiar with them.
I LOVE The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka.
This book is the story of the 3 Little Pigs as told by the wolf. It is very cute, and the wolf's voice is very strong.
My kids love it, too, but it is one they are very familiar with. I like to use it for CAFE lessons, too, like point of view and author's purpose. So, while it works well for voice, I thinkit might be a little overused by 3rd grade.
I also love the story Hey, Little Ant by Phillip and Hannah Hoose.
This is a great story, too. It is the story of a boy who is trying to decide if he is going to smoosh an ant, and the ant's argument of why he shouldn't be smooshed. Very cute. It is written in rhyme.
Often, my kids aren't familiar with this book when they come to me, but I have so many ways that I like to use it! It is good because their are two voices, but it is also good as a persuasive mentor text, and for many CAFE lessons.
Do you have any mentor texts to share for teaching voice in writing? Please, please, please link up with me and share! I would love to find some new books to use for teaching voice, and this should give us plenty of time to find them before school starts! Just grab my linky button at the top of this post.