19 Jan It’s Monday! We Have Been Comparing Text Structures
We love the way these two texts approach the same topic in such different ways. Readers will have so much to say as they compare and contrast how two authors used text structure, language and word choice to evoke powerful images in readers’ minds.
Winter is Coming, Tony Johnston and Jim LaMarche
The way Tony Johnston describes what a girl sees from her tree house as fall turns into winter is breathtaking. The poetic language is perfect to help readers learn the power of creating sensory images as they read.
Look at the way the strong verbs add rhythm and layers of meaning:
“It (The lynx) paws out a beetle from the frozen leaves.”
“Two stripy chipmunks ripple from branch to branch of a pine.”
Readers and writers can study this text and see how figurative language enhances understanding. Notice the way the comparisons in these sentences bring vivid images to the reader’s mind.
“The red fox shines like a small red fire.”
”The apple is wrinkled like my grandma’s face.”
“A lynx with Egypt eyes. A lynx the color of the moon.”
This text is also interesting for writers to study and learn ways to show the passage of time. Look at some of the different ways Tony Johnston shows this progression:
“October is gone.”
“Dawn burns the sky.”
“It’s late November now.”
Winter is Coming is a text that will be a mentor text in both reading and writing workshops. There is so much students can learn as they read, notice and study the way this text is crafted.
Fall Leaves, Loretta Holland
This is a beautiful book with a unique text structure. If you read the headings on each page, they create a list poem about fall. Yet the text under these poetic headings is informational.
We love pairing this text with Winter is Coming because the language is just as powerful even though the genre is different. Notice the way Loretta Holland writes about how flowers become dormant in winter:
“Many flowers such as tulips, daffodils, and others go to sleep for the winter, and when spring comes they being to grow again.”
The strong verbs and figurative language in this text show readers that these crafting techniques can be effective writing tools in all genres.
“The bottoms of the leaves look silver, like rain, and flash in the breeze as rain approaches.”
Don’t miss Elly MacKay’s illustrations. The lighting and the warmth in the pictures enhance the mood of this text. (insert photo)
We would love to hear about the books, videos and images your students are comparing and contrasting. How does looking across texts help your students deepen their understandings?