Using Children's Literature to Teach Writing: Oh, Tucker!
Tina Kates, Third Grade
Writing activity to use with Oh, Tucker by Steven Kroll.
Write a classificatory composition.
- Oh, Tucker! by Steven Kroll
- 5 different colored markers
- Graphic organizer on a transparency or butcher paper
- Small treats (teddy grahams, etc.)
- Read Oh,
- State the prompt: Almost every kid would like to have a dog for a pet. Write
a composition telling what is good and bad about having a dog for a pet.
- Pass out 3 to 4 treats. Kids get to eat a treat for each beneficial idea
that they contribute. Brainstorm about prompt. Write down ideas on a t-chart.
- Have the class examine the list. Determine if there were any ideas that
were the same. Cross out duplicates.
- Have the kids examine the list again. Together select 3 from the good side
and 3 from the bad side. The kids need to select those they feel they can
write about easily. These will be used in their graphic organizer.
- Write down a selection by each main idea statement on the graphic organizer.
- Ask kids to volunteer details to support the statement. Kids eat a treat
for their beneficial ideas. You write down their ideas, remember you want
them to contribute, not to keep up with your writing pace.
- The next day, give each child a copy of the graphic organizer that was
completed from yesterday.
- Using the graphic organizer, write the rough draft. The kids will only be
contributing ideas. Write the introduction, good, bad, and conclusion in different
- Edit the piece with a different color.