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Into the A, B, Sea by Deborah Lee Rose’


This is a delightful alphabet book full of animals, color, and letters. It is sure to grasp the interest of any child learning their alphabet.

Teaching Beginning Writing using Conventions of the 6 Traits of Writing:

Below is a wonderful link to some fun ways to present letters using Into the A, B, Sea. I especially like the marine life shapes to place the letters on.



Dear Mrs. LaRue by Mark Teague


Mrs. LaRue sends Ike to Obedience School for two whole months! Ike decides to write Mrs. LaRue letter protesting his enrollment in Obedience School. After several pleas for her to allow him to come home because Mrs. LaRue really needs him, he runs away. Find out what happens to Ike! Will Mrs. LaRue find him?

Teaching Writing using Conventions of the 6 Traits of Writing:

Students of this generation prefer to text instead of writing letters. Dear Mrs. LaRue is a fun way to introduce letter writing skills. Below is a link you might want to use to guide students in letter writing of various types:

When Comma Came to Town Grammar Tales *by Samantha Berger and Justin McCoy Martin

When Comma Came to Town Grammar Tales *by Samantha Berger and Justin McCoy Martin

(*Note: Some versions credit Samantha Berger and some Justin McCoy Martin as author)


The townspeople of And needed an easier way to talk about a list of things. Then, comma came to the aid.

Teaching Writing Conventions/Punctuation by using the 6 Traits Writing:

  1. Start an Anchor Chart with the words: My students enjoy eating __________
  2. List all the foods your students enjoy eating by placing an “and” between each food item.
  3. After listing 5 or 6, ask the students, “is there a better way to write this sentence?”
  4. Try to draw the students to answer taking out the “ands”. Ask, “how many ands?”
  5. Then ask, “now what? How do we separate the foods if we are not going to use “ands”?”
  6. If none of the students have given the solution to add commas between the foods, then model for them where to place the commas.


No! David by David Shannon

No! David by David Shannon


David apparently is either not listening to the rules of his house, does not understand the rules, or is oblivious to rules. Hence, he is told “no” often. David Shannon humorously demonstrates Conventions/punctuation, one of the 6 Traits of Writing.

Teaching Writing in using Conventions/Punctuation of the use of 6 Traits of Writing:

  1. Distribute to each student a piece of paper with the word “no” on it.
  2. {Anchor Chart the following directions on a easel board or at the white board}
  3. Ask each student (one at a time) to say, exclaim, shout, or whisper the word on his/her paper, “no”.
  4. Then discuss the many ways one can say “no”, “yes”, “sure”, and “stop”.
  5. Now, in a small group or table group, have students discuss ways to write these words and have the reader know which emotion the author would like to express.
  6. This table discussion will be used in the next lesson to introduce or re-teach Conventions/Punctuation in writing to express a distinct emotion.

In your next lesson, mentor teach (using your Anchor Chart as a reminder) using the same words above in directives, imperatives, exclamations, or interrogative sentences with correct punctuation.


Go Dog Go by PD Eastman


All varieties of dogs come to party in a tree…one of my all time favorite books.

Teaching Word Choice in Writing using 6 Traits of Writing:

Kindergarten children will love reading this book. It will expand their horizon in the many dogs and many colors. Have them model this story using 2 of their favorite pages.  Teacher should model the writing of two pages first-without planning it ahead of time.


Arturo’s Baton by Syd Hoff


Arturo is a well-loved conductor. On the day of a very important concert, his baton is no where to be found. Felix his assistant tells him he can conduct without the baton, after all he is a great musician/conductor. How will the orchestra and audience respond?

Teaching Sentence Fluency in Writing:

Have your students read the story aloud with fluency: emphasis, rhythm, even beat, good pronunciation, etc.

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi Yangsook


Unhei has immigrated from Korea. The students in her American school expect her to change her Korean name. They give her a jar from which to find suggested names. Would you change your name if you moved to another country? Would she be saying good bye to her heritage if she left her name behind?

Teaching Word Choice in Writing by using the 6 Traits of Writing:

In your small groups, write out your favorite names (5) on a piece of paper. Then, have students write emotion words on the back of the “name” papers chosen. Following this activity, have each person at the table may choose a name from the jar that they would consider as their name. Next, have the students make name tags that can be used all week (yarn lanyards). At the end of four days have the students reflect how he/she liked or disliked the new name. Use descriptive words. [The teacher model each step in front of the class-you should also choose a name for that class only.]

The Boy Who Loved Words by Diane Santiago


Selig loves words. He saves every word he finds interesting or unique. What will he do with all of these words? Find out as you read this lovely story of a man who ends up finding his true passion in words and the love of his life.

Teaching Word Choice in Writing using 6 Traits of Writing:

Read The Boy who Loved Words. Next, have students write 10 of their favorite words. Then have the students attach the words to pictures that you have gathered before class to distribute to each table. Using the words and pictures attached, students find word/picture that makes him/her smile and write about it. (10 minutes)

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman


This is a hilarious book of a beloved dog who accompanies Officer Buckle’s Safety Tip lectures. Let us just say that Gloria livens up the lectures.

Teaching Sentence Fluency in Writing using the 6 Traits of Writing:

In a small group have students write out as many school rules as they are able to do in 3 minutes. For the next 8 minutes, have their groups creatively write these rules in a more fun way. (Use rhyming, poetry, alliteration, etc.)

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