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For Writer's Workshop, I'm looking to compile titles of children's literature that I can use in mini-lessons to demonstrate good beginnings and/or good endings that would be appropriate for my struggling fourth graders.

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Old 10-22-2008, 11:54 AM
 
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Chris Van Allsburg. He is a master at surprise endings, circular endings, and "write the next chapter in your head" endings.

Put together a pile of books. Divide the class into partners. Divide up the books. Have the kids write on sticky notes. The kids will do an inquiry study to look for, label, and explain what they noticed about the beginnings of books. Authors to include may be Cynthia Rylant, Ralph Fletcher, "Mercy Watson" books by Kate Di Camillo. You may wish to use just one author to begin an author story. The purpose of the inquiry study is for the kids to pick what they feel is a good beginning and their reasons.

As a teacher, be creative and open-minded. Let the kids lead the way.
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I love the beginning of "How I became a Pirate" by Melinda Long and David Shannon.
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I really like the book When the Relatives Come by Cynthia Rylant because it has a kind of circular opening and closing.
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Old 10-26-2008, 02:32 PM
 
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Beginnings:
  • The Library by Sarah Stewart
  • The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
  • The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
  • Hey Little Ant by Phillip & Hannah Hoose
  • Hey Al
  • Shrek
Endings:
  • Stellaluna; Janell Cannon
  • Thank You, Mr. Falker; Patricia Polacco
  • Something From Nothing; Phoebe Gilman
  • The Tin Heart; Karen Ackerman
  • Fly Away Home by Bunting
  • The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg


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