ivy + bean: book 2 (minilesson possibilities)
One thing I was struck by in Ivy + Bean and the Ghost that had to Go was the way Annie Barrows crafted action throughout the book. The opening scene involved gymnastics. I’ve met many young writers who want to write about gymnastics. I can’t wait to share the way Annie Barrows stretches the action of a backbend. Check this out:
Then she arched over backward. She flung her arms over her head and made a perfect backbend. She looked like a turned-over pink teacup. Then she rose back up — boing — like a doll with elastic in its legs.
I can imagine teaching from these lines over the course of a few days. Here are some minilesson teaching points I’m eager to share with young writers…
- Writers often stretch action by adding a line of character description. Then they return to the action, and leave readers with a vivid picture of how the character looks when doing something.
- Writers use onomatopoeia (sound words) to help the reader imagine the action even more.
- Sometimes authors use a comparison to help the reader see the action more clearly. Annie Barrows uses two similes in this short passage.
- Its. Here is a prime opportunity to teach why it doesn’t need an apostrophe!
- Writers use specific action verbs like arched, flung, and rose.
- Dashes — Check out how Annie used them to set apart the word boing. It almost feels like the sentence boings in the center of it! Writers sometimes use dashes when they want to startle readers and make them pay attention.
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