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Toolbox: Using Literature Lessons

Using Literature Lessons


Summer Musings – A collection of Summer Writing Activities

Click below to download the summer activities. Summer conjures up images of lazy sun-filled days, hanging around the pool and splashing at the lake or beach. But both parents and teachers worry that all of this carefree summer fun causes a little brain-drain – and kids tend to backslide on the skills they’ve worked so […]


Carrot Soup – Using Literature to Teach Writing

“Carrot Soup” by John Segal One of the best ways to inspire little ones to write is by using a great picture book as a springboard. And, it’s not always about having them create a story. In fact, picture books are the first stepping stone toward developing “author’s eyes”. By taking the time to look […]


What’s Hatching From the Egg – Using Literature to teach Genre

Children often have difficulty determining genre and purpose – is the book they select from the library shelf a narrative story? Is it an informative/expository nonfiction text? How can you tell? The following lesson for primary grades is one that you can adapt to whatever curriculum based topics or thematic units you may already be […]





Bear Feels Sick – Using Literature to Teach Writing

“Bear Feels Sick” By Karma Wilson Spending many years teaching in the primary grades, I became obsessed with children’s books. My family has even accused me of needing “book” rehab. What better way to teach young children how to read and write, but for the love of books. Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson is […]


Roger The Jolly Pirate – Using Literature to Teach Writing

“Roger the Jolly Pirate” By Brett Helquist Ahoy Mates! What better way to set sail on a pirate adventure than to begin with this delightful tale of a buccaneer with few pirate skills? Literature is the inspiration for many great readers and writers, so weigh anchor and set sail with Brett Helquist’s tale, “Roger the […]


The Little Scarecrow Boy – Using Literature to Teach Writing

“The Little Scarecrow Boy” by Margaret Wise Brown Fall is in the air, my favorite time of year! School begins, and the students are eager to learn. Capture their enthusiasm with an engaging picture book, while teaching some of the important pre-writing concepts that serve as the foundation for narrative writing. Margaret Wise Brown’s classic […]