KIDDLE CRITers: a critique group
KIDDLE CRITers: a critique group
 
Ahhh . . . THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS


AS A TEACHER:

I read tons of books to my class. We love to discuss them. As soon as I finish reading a book and the clapping has ceased, I ask. "Well, what did you notice?" Marc Brown hides his children's names, Tolen, Tucker, and Elisa in the illustrations of his "ARTHUR" books. Tomie DePaola usually places a little pink heart or a small white dove on every page of his books, example STREGA NONA. In THE NAPPING HOUSE by Audrey & Don Wood, it's fun to watch the circular movement of the mouse as each character naps, then awakes. But without an observing eye, these nuances would be left unnoticed. It's my job to spark student's interest to look between the lines and between the pictures.

AS A WRITER:

I write every day with my students and they get to write too. It is such fun to watch them grow as writers. Many begin only able to write a few letters, perhaps their names or the words mom or dad, or maybe a brother or sister's name. But within a few months, they can string several sentences together to make short paragraphs.

AS A TEACHER/WRITER:

This is the best!

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