This is a revision craft trick called varying sentence lengths. Use the model and discuss how you would a) change sentence beginnings and b) create a variety of short and long sentence. Meet our Kid Reporters for Scholastic Kids Press! This will give the paint a little more time to dry. I went out with my Uncle Steve. And the children are always moved by the silent heroism of the child, who must remain calm and still if she wants to see an owl—even though it’s cold and dark in the woods, and a bit creepy. Ask students to circle the first words of every sentence in their rough draft of the "Alone Time." "If you are like me and dealing with some sleep issues in your house, you will especially appreciate this picture b…, RT @beachbum2199: I've partnered with @TCBRbookreview and Acorn Publishing to give away two signed copies of What to Do About Your Monsters…, Gulping gargoyles! Allow for ten minutes of sacred writing time, which means quiet writing time. In Northern Nevada, we offer inservice workshops designed to help teachers strengthen their use of authentic revision strategies. Holy Cow! Let them make a few cuts in each strip, or cut a branch at the end, etc. She also reveals  her excitement of being with her father (like all of her siblings before her) and possibly, possibly seeing an owl. All rights reserved. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020,, Inc. or its affiliates. We publish reviews and book lists of the best books for kids of all ages. It always helps to have in view the final product. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. We also produce author and illustrator interviews and share literacy based articles that help parents, grandparents, teachers and librarians to grow readers. Ta-dah! Buzzworthy Mentions on the Path to Growing Readers. Book Giveaways Jane Yolen, often called the Hans Christian Andersen of America, is the author of over three hundred books, including Owl Moon and The Devil's Arithmetic, many of them prize-winners, including the Jewish Library Association's top honor. would also be an excellent mentor for memoir or small moment. This review of Owl Moon, by Jane Yolen, originally appeared in our article Five Family Favorites with Catherine Newman, published on April 8, 2012. Book Reviews and Book Lists He has a quad and a motorcycle. Cut out as many strips of paper bag as you will need for your class (yes, the branch is a paper bag), Cut out yellow eyes, black pupils, white dots, and feet, Prep a paper plate filled with whte acrillic paint, and glue sticks, Other materials to have on hand: scissors, bath poof, or old sponges. Hundreds of new published students now go up at our site annually! Challenge them to use those tricks in their first drafts so they can try some new craft tricks during revision time. This will give the paint a little more time to dry. A Revision Lesson inspired by a Real Author's Craft Please try again. That’s it—but John Shoenherr’s wintery, realistic illustrations are so exquisitely moonlit and lovely, and the story is so profoundly quiet and reverent, that a deep feeling of peace has always descended over us each of the million times we’ve read it. It always helps to have in view the final product. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Unable to add item to List. The descriptive language is wonderful to share students! All rights reserved. Please try again. A Revision Lesson inspired by a Real Author's, a demonstration lesson shared during the NNWP's teacher workshops, Ananlyze First Words and Sentence Lengths. This article was written and provided by a guest author. Catherine Newman | Owl Moon. A few of your students will write a page of words, but you most likely will have more students who write five or six sentences. Here is a typical writing sample from this prompt (minus conventional errors) that we use when modeling this craft lesson: Consider putting the writing away for a day so that those who struggled to write have some time to recover from their struggle. ;-D, Yolen’s masterful use of language-descriptive words so naturally and beautifully woven into the  fabric of this narrative-make, Although the story presents itself as a simple picture book to be used with the lower elementary grades, the depth of Yolen’s writer’s craft makes. Please try again. so they should not worry about spelling and punctuation. Author and Illustrator Interviews (and earn a free resource for your classroom). "Owl Moon" by: jane Yolen. Owl Moon, by Jane Yolen | Book Review. If you can show them both your first model and your revised at the same time, this helps many students. Until she comes to understand with the words of the final poem, "Rebirth".