Archive for the ‘writing prompt’ Category

Poems by Calef Brown

Silly rhyming poems by fantastic illustrator/author Calef Brown. Read aloud a different poem every day or use to launch a writing activity.

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Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox is a beautifully illustrated little book. Each spread has a lovely portrait of a child as a particular animal and a couple simple lines about why they feel like that animal.

Perfect for a writing prompt, art lesson, or discussing Anishinaabe totem animals – animal guides.

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The crayons are back and, according to a grade two student, “They are full of hate!” Yes, the crayons have returned, but first they have sent Duncan postcards to explain (and complain) about where they are and why. Super fun to read with illustrations by Oliver Jeffers, this is the sequel to The Day The Crayons Quit. Each time I read it, I had to explain what postcards are.

Either of these books would be great writing prompts. What would your crayons say to you?

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Dreaming in Indian is a collection of writing, memoir, artwork  and poetry, by Aboriginal artists exploring what it was like for them growing up. A fabulous read and essential for all libraries, this would be a great book to read with older students for prompting deep discussion or writing. Check out art by Bunky Echo-Hawk, wise words from Olympic swimmer Waneek Horn-Miller, and childhood reflections by Joseph Boyden.

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Here are the documents mentioned in the presentation that Teacher Librarian mentor Mary Locke and I did last week at the wonderful Primary Piazza.

Nonfiction Template


Dan Bar-El

Elements of a Story

Generic Book Review

jens book list

Oliver Jeffers booklet

Oliver Jeffers unit

Piazza Reading List 2

Story Summary

Superhero ABC


Generic Book Review and Dan Bar-el by Seymour Teacher Librarian Diane Shepherd-Dynes

Elements of a Story by Maple Grove Teacher Librarian Linda Tornroos

Oliver Jeffers unit and booklet by Bayview Teacher Librarian Carmen Yamishita. Check out her blog.


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I love this book by Amy Husband, which is a collection of letters from a student to his teacher. Humorous and sweet, this book would be a great launch for letter writing with your class. It would work for pen pals, launching reader response letters, and  Friday Letters.

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Vancouver author Linda Bailey’s latest picture book that just screams writing prompt. Read aloud and have students of all ages begin with the writing prompt, “If kids ruled the world…”

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