Text Structures From Picture Books [Grades 2-8]: Lessons to Ease Students Into Text Analysis, Reading Response, and Writing With Craft

Corwin. (­Corwin Literacy). Sept. 2023. 352p. pap. $39.95. ISBN 9781071920862.
A book of lessons that can be adapted to writing at any level for grades 2-8. Written by practicing English teachers, the breakdown of titles, text structures, big ideas, and challenges—complete with timing, explanations, examples, and QR codes for more resources—allows teachers to take what they need five minutes before class or use the yearlong scope and sequence in the glossary to plan out their academic year in full. Colorful boxes offer guidance, such as “Rules You Are Invited to Break” and “Ideas to Embrace.” Picture books embedded in the text span classics that are likely already on readers’ shelves, as well as newer, more diverse titles that should be. This book takes on a DIY scrapbook feel in the best of ways, as if readers are getting a peek at years of notes, tweaks, and adaptations. The end result is a concentrated resource that highlights what works and why.
VERDICT A great addition to professional collections of teachers looking to strengthen students’ writing skills in bite-size, practical ways.

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