Dissecting Picture Books
Thatís what prompted me to create the Trait Trackers. Slipped into the matching books, the bookmark-size Trait Trackers allow teachers to easily find the most important skills from each of the 20 titles included. Rather than reading a picture book aloud and trying to figure out what to teach from it, the Trait Trackers list skills and page numbers. No guesswork ó all the dissecting has already been done!
Students need examples from authors simplified, broken down so that they can grasp skills within the overall text. Simply reading a good picture book isnít enough. Taking the time to develop mini-lessons based on skills within the books allows students to see what the author chose to do intentionally with good word choice, idea development, figurative language, and more.