Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Happy Holidays!!!

We have been learning SOOOO MUCH about adding craft into our writing.  We have been studying mentor authors like, Jonathan London, Patricia Pollocco, and Angela Johnson.  We've noticed so many things they do!  They add dialogue, onomatopoeia's and similes in their writing.  They also write ... (dot, dot, dot), use a lot of punctuation, and write many, many details.  We like when they write comeback phrases and repeat words too. We've been working really hard to write like our mentor authors. 

This holiday season we made a special gift to give to our families.  We traveled through the writing process...first we thought of a small moment about our families and planned out how our story would go.  We wrote our draft including ALL the things we learned from our mentor authors...remembering to illustrate and revise afterwards.  Our stories are magnificent!!!

We published our books by making a fancy cover, a title page, a dedications page, an about the author page...and we even included a letter to our families explaining why the story we choose to write about was so special to us!  Our families are going to LOVE them!!!!

After our books were all put together, we wrapped them up to take home to our families!  Thanks to Kohls I was able to put their books in a nice box...when the cashier said I could take a few from the pile...I hope she really meant 26!

I should work at Macy's in the gift wrapping department!

We added the finishing touches with a handmade card and bow!  I really hope our parents will treasure this wonderful story their 2nd grader is bringing home for them!  They worked really hard!

Happy Holidays!!!! 

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