It’s no secret that I love writing workshop. It’s always been my favorite subject to teach (although I adore reading workshop too). There’s just something about watching my students turn into published authors that gives me goosebumps. I love to see where their imaginations take them as their stories unfold.
I start each year with innovations, which I’ve blogged about before. But this year I’m super excited because I just purchased a brand new book (released last week!) that is perfect for innovations.
The Day The Crayons Quit by Daywait is adorable! It’s about a little boy named Duncan who goes to school and finds a stack of letters in his desk. Each letter is from a different colored crayon. The illustrations are perfect because each page is in letter format and actually looks handwritten from the crayon itself. I won’t give away the ending, but it is too cute!
The book lends itself to several different writing innovations. Students could write from Duncan’s perspective and craft a letter in response to one of the crayons. Students could also create new letters from their favorite color, or even branch out to other school supplies too.
Of course I got to work to make cute writing paper. There’s just something about “fancy paper” that encourages students to do their very best. If you want to try these innovations with your class, you can grab my writing paper for free here.
Thank you so much for the idea and the freebie!!
LOVE this! Like you, my favorite subject to teach is writing. I get so excited when my students start complaining about having to STOP their writing– that's one complaint a teacher doesn't hate! I can't wait to read this book and possibly write about it on my new blog– thanks for the post!
I love all the innovations you have shared and am super excited about this one. I agree, using mentor texts has changed the way my students write and feel about writing. Thank you!
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I just saw this book and loved it! I think I will pick it up for my little writers. Thanks for sharing your innovation and for the freebie! I shared your post (and the fact you designed my awesome blog) on my Facebook fan page.
I'd love to collaborate with you on something writing related.
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What a fun writing activity! I'll have to add it to my plans in the near future!
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I just bought this book – saw it and fell in love!!
I bought this book in July and I read it to my class the first day of school and challenged them to draw a picture using all of their crayons. They loved it! I told them we would revisit it this year for writing…thanks for the freebie!
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I recently stumbled across this book and I'm so happy someone blogged about this book! It's fantastic! So engaging and such an excellent writing stimulus.
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Wonderful wording and pictures. Very cleaver and well done. We all enjoyed it- both the adult and the kids that read it.
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great interview with the author here http://thecaliforniamom.com/watch-and-read-booksmoviestv/conversation-author-day-crayons-quit-drew-daywalt/
PS — it's Drew Daywalt!