Reading like writers is an abstract concept. As with any skill, you need to break it down for your students teaching them the steps along the way. The goal here is that children begin to read like writers. So what part of reading like writers comes at the beginning? What part of the work do you do for them and what part can you expect them to do? One strong way to begin reading like a writer is immersing yourself in the kind of text that you can most easily envision yourself writing.
Stephanies' book has some fantastic units of study to help children plan, organize and structure their writing ideas. I got the idea of exploring and creating pattern books from her book.
Frank Asch Books
I love Todd Parr. His books have simple text with a powerful message. Students can quickly come up with topics for special people in their lives.
Our class chart is recording some of our thinking! Below are some examples of pattern stories students are making in kindergarten. I just shared the first page or two.
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The bunny found a friend.
The Bunny lost his friend.