Reading Like A Writer:
This phrase is beginning to catch on! (Katie Wood Ray is one of the leaders in promoting this.) Getting our kids to read like writers is founded on a couple of notions:
* Teaching writers to notice HOW things are written (craft & style)
* Encouraging writers to imagine doing that craft all by themselves
These crafts may be related to word choice, structure, punctuation, etc.
This can be done at any level. In Kindergarten it may look like a
5 year old noticing that the word "meow" in a picture book is a sound word (an onomatopoeia).
It may be a 4th grader recognizing a super-sized simile in Katherine Hannigan's novel Ida B.
("Morning," I said back like metal: cold, hard, and flat.)
It may be an 8th grader noticing a submerged metaphor in Simon & Garfunkel's song "Sound of Silence"
(In restless dreams I walked alone Narrow streets of cobblestone, 'Neath the halo of a street lamp)
It may be a high schooler noticing that Dean Koontz's poetic text from One Door Away From Heaven is one of the most stirring examples of personification ever written!
(A butterfly of light , a sibilant sputter, a serpent of smoke rising lazily from the black stump of a dead wick: One of the three candles burned out, and darkness eagerly pulled its chair a little closer to the table.)