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Using Picture Books to Teach Writing Traits: Grades K-2 [Paperback]

Ruth Culham , Ray Coutu
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May 1 2008
More than 150 annotations, organized by trait of new and classic books that will delight young students—and inspire powerful writing ???? The ultimate list of children's books for trait-based teaching ???? Great books and lessons for the writing traits classroom ???? Step-by-step, teacher-tested lessons for the writing traits classroom ???? Features 18 step-by-step, trait-focused lessons based on specific books

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RUTH CULHAM, ED.D, a pioneering researcher of the 6+1 Trait MODEL, is president of Culham Writing Company, which offers first-class workshops designed to help beginning and experienced teachers implement the model in K-12 classrooms. Prior to founding her company Ruth was assessment program unit manager at Northwest Regional Education Laboratory and English Teacher of the Year in Montana, a highlight of her 19-year teaching career.RAYMOND COUTU has been developing and producing professional materials for teachers for mor than twenty years, first for Houghton Mifflin, then Heinemann, and currently Scholastic. He has also served as an editor on Instructor magazine, written books for children, and tutored children in reading and writing.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sophisticated Children's Books Aug. 21 2010
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This is a valuable comprehensive bibliography of sophisticated children's books. The authors review books that have been published in the last 5-10 years and some classics. All books are classified by their instructional potential to teach one the six writing traits (Ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation. For each trait, Culham & Coutu present lesson plans based on two or three of those mentor books. The lessons are clearly designed and well detailed. Overall an inovative book that will encourage teachers to use more sophisticated books in their teaching. Unfortunateky no Canadian book neither British book is mentionned.
Monique Richard, Professor Emeritus, School of ECE, Ryerson University.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing But the Best! May 13 2008
By Libby Jachles - Published on Amazon.com
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It's here! This is a teaching resource you won't want to be without. New to the traits? This book provides you with a definition of each trait that's user-friendly for teachers and young children. What follows is an annotation of a number of picture books that can be used for the trait. As if that isn't enough, each of the six main traits has three focus lessons and follow-up activities to get you going. For those of us that love teaching with the traits and use them faithfully, this book is an energizer. You'll find new picture books to add to your collection, plus old favorites with new ideas on how to use them.
As a resource person in my school, I'm often asked to do a lesson at the last minute. No problem! I pull out this magic book, look through the lesson, grab a picture book, and I'm good to go. Classroom teachers love the user-friendliness just as much as I do.
Ruth and Ray are to be applauded. In this age of test scores, change, and everything else that's going on, Using Picture Books to Teach Writing With the Traits is a breath of fresh air. It simplifies our teaching lives while making it exciting and fun for teachers and children alike.
Thank you, Ruth and Ray, for yet another excellent teaching resource!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "Trait-A-Palooza" Pleasing Combination May 2 2008
By Curriculum Director - Published on Amazon.com
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Just when you think Ruth Culham cannot write a more practical, useful book for helping primary teachers with writing, she does it again! This time, with Raymond Coutu, Ruth shows the practicality of the 6-Traits for young writers by using K-2 picture books. As a curriculum director, I see this book as a starter guide for teaching the traits through the literature described in the book. Following a brief description of the traits, there is a bibliography of great children's literature from which to teach the traits. The focus lessons which follow give the teacher step-by-step ideas for sharing the traits with young writers. Culham and Coutu have concocted a pleasing combination ---a virtual "trait-a-palooza" by blending literature with 6-Trait models of good writing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It just keeps getting better! April 22 2008
By Debra Stewart - Published on Amazon.com
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The writing duo of Ruth Culham and Ray Coutu have a hit on their hands and teachers are the ones who will benefit from their newest publication.
Using Picture Books to Teach Writing with the Traits is a resource that every classroom should have available. Each trait has a list of "old-time" favorites along with new titles that will evoke interest in writing for all students. The lessons are well thought out and easy to follow. Because of the format, lessons could be done with any title that is suggested. It also helps the teacher remember those favorites that we have left on the shelf and need to revisit for the love of reading and writing. This is a must buy for every teacher who wants their students to see how reading & writing can be fun.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect way to use Picture books May 27 2008
By Joan G. Servis - Published on Amazon.com
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Ideas for using picture books is so helpful for teachers. Picture books are usually rich with vocabulary and content. Often picture books have an emotional hook. This book is such a help in using that rich resource. Why reinvent the wheel? Just buy this book and plug the ideas into your writing curriculum. I teach third and fourth graders and I can adapt these ideas. Picture books are for all ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book list March 20 2012
By Weeks - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this mainly to use as a booklist, I haven't tried the lessons included in the book and couldn't really tell you if it improved my son's writing skills. It's best used in a classroom as most of the activities can be boring when done alone.
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