I like to introduce each trait with a picture book. For the traits of IDEAS, I like to use Nothing Good Ever Happens on 90th Street.
I am fortunate that our school has purchased Trait Crates from Scholastic. These crates are packed full of wonderful picture books and ideas to teach each trait. This particular book is included in the crate and, although this particular lesson is not included, there are several wonderful ideas packed right in.
|pic from Scholastic|
As the story goes, Eva is sitting on her front stoop. She has a writing assignment to complete and she can't think of anything interesting that happens in her little world. With the help of some neighbors, she realizes that things might be a bit more interesting that she originally thought.
My take on the story is to focus on the fact that Eva wasn't looking closely enough to observe all the details that are around her each day. I use this focus and build a lesson that models and teaches students to dig deeply and creatively into their topics to find ideas for their writing. The details are there, we just have to open our minds and notice them!
After a read aloud and a mini-lesson on digging and creating details, we take a tour of our school. We observe the day to day activities through our newly trained critical eyes. :) We look for the details that we've been missing, and make notes to prepare for a creative writing assignment.
Here's our Assignment Card. Feel free to download if you are interested. It is in ppt form and you may make adjustments to fit your needs. :)
I hope this is a lesson and read aloud that you can use. It is appropriate for any grade level, although adjustments to the lesson may be needed in order to meet the needs of varied age groups and writing abilities.
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