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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Mentor Text of the Week- Every Friday by Dan Yaccarino

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This text is a personal narrative piece of text, most appropriate for grades K-3.

Possible Minilessons for Writing Workshop:

  • Author's note reveals the inspiration for the idea (a perfect generating idea on "everys" in your life)
  • Two page spreads
  • Background details that allow the reader to get to know the characters and setting more fully
  • Repetitive beginnings "We..."
  • Patterns on clothing for extra detail in illustrations
  • Environmental print makes the scenes come alive (inspiration is from city in New Jersey)
  • ​Compound sentences
  • Commas in a series
  • Thoughtful and limited dialogue
  • Purposeful punctuation: em dashes, exclamation points
  • Small moment (entire event is probably 30 minutes long)
  • Movement through time is shown through events going on around characters
  • Facial expressions to show emotion
  • Variety of sentences
  • Illustrations tell more than what's on the page in text
  • Short amount of texts that makes for a perfect narrative

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