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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Teaching Resources (May 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545025117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545025119
  • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 20.6 x 0.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Monique Richard on 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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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Nothing But the Best! May 13 2008
By Libby Jachles - Published on
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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!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A "Trait-A-Palooza" Pleasing Combination May 2 2008
By Curriculum Director - Published on
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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!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
It just keeps getting better! April 22 2008
By Debra Stewart - Published on
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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
A perfect way to use Picture books May 27 2008
By Joan G. Servis - Published on
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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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good book list March 20 2012
By Weeks - Published on
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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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