Sunday, January 12, 2014

Writers Workshop: Writing pattern books

In December we learned about writing pattern books during Writers Workshop. Many of the books that kindergarteners read during small group lessons with me (called Guided Reading) are pattern books, with simple lines that repeat and change only one word. For example, a book might say "I see trees. I see flowers. I see clouds." This way, readers can use their knowledge of sight words (like "I" and "see") and clues from the pictures to read the book.

As we began reading pattern books, we also began writing them! The simple sentence structure of pattern books is easy for many kindergarten writers, so that completing several books each week becomes an accessible task. Below are pictures of the kids sharing their published books with their partners. We added their books to the classroom library, which have become a popular choice during reading time!

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