Tuesday, April 29, 2014

First Grade Mo Willems Author Study

In first grade, we spend several weeks and have a BLAST studying one of my all-time favorite authors, Mo Willems.  We notice his use of humor, his simple drawings (that are reminiscent of Peanuts characters), and how speech bubbles and the backgrounds are used effectively.

In Knuffle Bunny, Willems photographed his Brooklyn neighborhood for his true-to-life tale about his daughter Trixie and her favorite toy "Knuffle Bunny" (pronounced Kah-nuffle by Willems himself).

We decided to use black and white photos that Mrs. Eley took around Hillside School and pretend - what if Trixie and Knuffle Bunny visited Hillside School?   Each student wrote a sentence and created a drawing of Trixie and Knuffle Bunny at a room in Hillside School to create our very own "Trixie and Knuffle Bunny visit Hillside" story.

"Trixie and Knuffle Bunny went crazy and then got hungry!"

"Trixie and Knuffle Bunny were messing up the library."

When we study Mo Willems' pigeon books, we end with a little creative writing.  Students: if you could ask Mo to create his next pigeon book now, what would the title be?  

"Don't Let the Pigeon Feed the T Rex"

"Don't Let the Pigeon Eat a Candy"

 "Don't Let the Pigeon Find the Banana"

"Don't Let the Pigeon Go to School"

"Don't Let the Pigeon Make an Avalanche"

"Don't Let the Pigeon Say Cowcowgogo"

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