Finally, I have something I can post about! Gracious! It seems like I haven’t done much worth writing about this year – lots of assessments, worksheets, and workbooks – yuck, yuck, and yuck! It’s a bit of “This is how you NEED to do this” and personal survival (I’m doggy paddling this year, folks!) during a busy year that is causing this awfulness. I try to sneak the good stuff it when I can!
We have been working on the skill of determining author’s purpose in reading. I have a few favorite books that I use to teach this skill and I thought I would share the books I use to teach how author’s persuade today. (These books are also great to use as models for opinion writing, writing with voice, and point-of-view.)
The first set is a pair of books that many teachers use:
Yes, you can guess the writing prompts that would be fun as a follow up!
I found this series by Lois G. Grambling last year and my second graders LOVED them!
What prehistoric creature would your students like to bring to school or somewhere else? Another fun topic for writing!
The final set is one that our librarian introduced to my students and I found the books were perfect for teaching how writers try to persuade the reader. This is The Other Side of the Story Series. Many of the books are by Nancy Loewen, but there are a few by other authors. There are 8 in total at this time, and of course I ordered them all!
This is also a great series for comparing and contrasting point-of-view. I remember writing The Wizard of Oz from Toto’s point of view in 5th grade!
Do you have any favorite books for teaching author’s purpose or opinion writing?
Hopefully I have the time to share some of the other books I am using to teach author’s purpose – fingers crossed!