Empowering Writers

By the Light of the Harvest Moon – Using Literature to Teach Writing

“By The Light of The Harvest Moon”
By Harriet Ziefert, Illustrated by Mark Jones

Autumn is such a wonderful time of year no matter where you live! In the north, the air gets crisp and cold while the leaves turn a breathtaking array of color. In the south, the heat of summer finally dissipates. It also signifies the beginning of a new school year with such promise!

A writing lesson to celebrate all that fall offers is always welcome! Beautiful descriptive words and phrases bring the story world and setting to life in Harriet Zeifert’s terrific picture book, “By the Light of the Harvest Moon”. The reader is treated to a sensory journey that is not only visually appealing but also incorporates the other senses using such language as: animals talking to the moon, clouds of leaves settle. With such beautiful language woven skillfully throughout the narrative, this is the perfect jumping off point for a lesson on using the five senses when writing. (A great science connection!)

The lesson (which you can download below) begins as soon as the book is finished being read – taking the time to quickly summarize the text is a critical comprehension skill. We recommend that this is done every single time children read, thus powerfully reinforcing the reading-writing connection.

You’ll love the related art activity that inspires student writing. And you’ll be amazed at the level of detail youngsters can bring to the task. Download the lesson and have a look at the accompanying student samples. These will serve as inspiration for you, and will surely make you smile!


Download Seasonal Lesson By the Light of the Harvest Moon