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 at these simple stories through an author’s lens children can learn a lot about the characteristics and salient features of the narrative genre, especially about the shape stories take. Using literature in this way builds the reading-writing connection for our youngest writers, building a firm foundation for the literary analysis tasks they’ll be asked to address in the middle grades and beyond.
Carrot Soup is a cute story about a rabbit who plans and plants his carrot garden. When he goes to collect the carrots so that he could make carrot soup he discovers that all of his carrots are gone. To his surprise rabbit’s friends collected his carrots and made him carrot soup. For a copy of the reading-writing lesson, download the pdf and let the fun (and the high-level learning) begin!