Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Emily Gravett

Emily Gravett has several treasures and Spells reveals another! When a sweet little dreamy frog puts together torn pieces of paper to reveal a spell...will frog become a prince after all? Gravett's illustrations are magical and full of fairy tale moments. Some of the pages are half pages and the reader will have to match the proper top and bottom page to get the spell just right.

As an extension writing activity, students could write their own spells. They can pick a phrase or powerful word (spell) and decide what power the spell beholds. They could make a list of pros and cons of the spell. I had my students do this mini lesson in their Writer's Notebook. Later in the year when we were writing our fantasy novels we referred back to this lesson if we wanted to add a spell to our story.

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