It’s one of education’s greatest challenges: How do we shape our youngest students, who often are just learning how to hold a pencil, into capable writers within the span of a single school year?
Text Structures from Nursery Rhymes offers the solution: a clear and actionable framework for guiding young students to write successfully in any style, from narrative to descriptive to persuasive.
The key to the strategy lies in using familiar text structures to break down a story into its main components — for example, “Where I was,” “Who I saw,” and “What I thought” — in order to immediately thrust students into the role of the writer.
This groundbreaking book provides 53 lessons, each centered around a classic nursery rhyme, and all the tools you’ll need to
Capitalize on the story’s rhythm and rhyme to make an instant connection with your students
Convey the story’s text structure using the lesson’s whimsical illustrations, providing a visual model that resonates with children
Lead the classroom in creating new stories — in words, pictures, or both — utilizing the text structure you’ve defined
Put each nursery rhyme to work as a springboard for important language-arts topics
Fine-tune your approach at every step based on your preferred teaching style and students’ progress
Put Text Structures from Nursery Rhymes to work in your classroom and discover how text structures, already a remarkable success in later grades, can also have a profound impact on younger students’ progress.
Includes eight downloadable paper dolls—1 man, 1 woman, 1 girl, 1 boy, and 4 animals. Your students can use the paper dolls to retell the nursery rhymes, illustrate their own stories based on a nursery rhyme, or even to act out stories from other books in your classroom library.
Structure: Not What I Thought Would Happen
Nursery Rhyme: A Diller, a Dollar
Structure: Spotting Someone Famous
Nursery Rhyme: As I Was Going by Charing Cross
Structure: More Than One
Nursery Rhyme: Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
Structure: Something I Used to Have
Nursery Rhyme: Betty Pringle
Structure: Someone Left
Nursery Rhyme: Bobby Shaftoe
Structure: Big News!
Nursery Rhyme: Brave News Is Come to Town
Structure: Where Did They Go?
Nursery Rhyme: Bye, Baby Bunting
Structure: We Don’t Have What We Need—Problem/Solution
Nursery Rhyme: Cock a Doodle Do
Structure: Something Happened
Nursery Rhyme: Fiddle-De-Dee
Structure: Getting Caught
Nursery Rhyme: Georgie Porgie
Structure: Travel Map
Nursery Rhyme: Goosey Goosey Gander
Structure: What Everyone Was Doing at the Time—A Four-Person Snapshot
Nursery Rhyme: Hey Diddle Diddle
Structure: Jump Scare
Nursery Rhyme: Hickory Dickory Dock
Structure: What My Pet Might Do
Nursery Rhyme: Higglety Pigglety
Structure: For Sale
Nursery Rhyme: Hot Cross Buns
Structure: An Accident
Nursery Rhyme: Humpty Dumpty
Structure: Someone Borrowed My _________
Nursery Rhyme: I Had a Little Pony
Structure: What If
Nursery Rhyme: If All the World Were Apple Pie
Structure: All About Something—A Description
Nursery Rhyme: I’m a Little Teapot
Structure: Try, Try Again
Nursery Rhyme: The Itsy Bitsy Spider
Structure: Ouch! That Hurt!
Nursery Rhyme: Jack and Jill
Structure: Helping Someone
Nursery Rhyme: Jack Be Nimble
Nursery Rhyme: Jack Sprat
Structure: News Report
Nursery Rhyme: Ladybug, Ladybug
Structure: Something Is Lost—Problem/Solution
Nursery Rhyme: Little Bo Peep
Structure: What a Mess! Help!
Nursery Rhyme: Little Boy Blue
Structure: Good Job!
Nursery Rhyme: Little Jack Horner
Structure: Defining a Feeling
Nursery Rhyme: Little Jumping Joan
Structure: My Short Story
Nursery Rhyme: Little Miss Muffet
Structure: Three Questions
Nursery Rhyme: Little Tommy Tucker
Structure: I Lost Something!
Nursery Rhyme: Lucy Locket
Structure: Prized Possession
Nursery Rhyme: Mary Had a Little Lamb
Structure: Polite Q and A
Nursery Rhyme: Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary
Structure: All About Someone—A Character Analysis
Nursery Rhyme: Old King Cole
Structure: A Disappointment
Nursery Rhyme: Old Mother Hubbard
Structure: Making Something
Nursery Rhyme: Pat-a-Cake, Pat-a-Cake
Structure: Three Ways It Can Be
Nursery Rhyme: Pease Porridge Hot
Structure: Happy Ending
Nursery Rhyme: Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater
Structure: Change of Plans
Nursery Rhyme: Polly, Put the Kettle On
Structure: Small Talk
Nursery Rhyme: Pussycat, Pussycat
Structure: I Don’t Want That Right Now
Nursery Rhyme: Rain, Rain, Go Away
Structure: From Good to Bad
Nursery Rhyme: Rock-a-Bye Baby
Structure: Who’s That?
Nursery Rhyme: Rub-a-Dub-Dub
Structure: New Job
Nursery Rhyme: Seesaw Margery Daw
Structure: No, You Can’t Have My Things—A Dialogue