Posted by: nancyisanders | April 9, 2014

Nonfiction Picture Book in 3 Weeks: Week 1

3-week calendar

After you log in an hour of research on your topic, today is a good day to focus on your mentor text.

Read your mentor text again, from beginning to end.

Each time you read this picture book, it trains your brain to write in this format and with this structure and with this type of voice and with this word count.

After you’re done reading, go ahead and plot the chart of your mentor text. Use the Basic Plot Worksheet A you can download here.

CLICK HERE for strategies on how to chart the plot of the picture book, Those Rebels, John and Tom.

CLICK HERE for strategies on how to chart the plot of the picture book, So You Want to Be President.

CLICK HERE for strategies on how to chart the plot of the picture book, The Camping Trip that Changed America.

Use the same strategies to chart the plot and structure of your own mentor text.

And chances are, snippets of phrases or even entire paragraphs of text might be dancing through your thoughts. If they are, go ahead and write these down so you won’t lose them. Don’t try to hold back your brain from creativity just to keep on a calendar’s schedule.

If you’re raring and ready to start writing, go ahead and write the segments that are begging to come forth. Just don’t feel pressured to sit down and write yet if your mind is still like an empty sponge soaking up all the research and facts about your topic. We’ll have time to write next week.


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