Sunday, October 14, 2012


Here are some books where children can explore Text Types and Purposes.

W.K.1.  Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose opinion pieces in which they tell a reader the topic or the name of the book they are writing about and state an opinion or preference about the topic or book.

Tag Along Book – Place two sheets of white paper on top of a colored sheet of paper.  Fold in half.  Punch holes on the fold and insert a pipe cleaner for a handle.  Children can draw, dictate, or write a story in their books.  Encourage them to think of a title for their book and then take it home and “read” it to someone in their family.
Book Talk – Children can create a puppet from a paper plate or lunch bag and then use the reverse side to write a story about it.  
*Students could also tell a story using their puppet.

Pop Up – Fold a piece of paper in half.  Cut two slits on the fold as shown.  Push the middle section in so when you open the paper it will pop up.  Children can draw a scene on the paper and then add a character to the pop up.  Let them dictate or write a sentence about their story scene.
Gift Bag Book – Choose a gift bag with an interesting cover.  Cut the front and back off the bag.  Cut paper the size of the bag.  Discuss the illustration on the bag and invite children to talk about it.  Give each child a piece of paper and ask them to draw something suggested from the front of the bag.  Next, ask them to write or dictate a sentence to go with their picture.  Staple their papers inside the front and back of the bag to make a book you can hang in the classroom library.
Art Appreciation – Check out a book with copies of famous paintings.  Show the book to the class and identify the name of the painting and the artist.  Highlight the fact that most artists give titles to their creations.  Encourage children to think of titles for their paintings, collages, drawings, and other artwork.