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Text Structures From Nursery Rhymes
Teaching Reading and Writing to Young Children

Illustrations by Andrea Cotham



October 2017 | 280 pages | Corwin

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

Also included are six, dry-erase markable paper dolls that work seamlessly with the book’s pedagogical framework to make storytelling even more immersive for children.

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. 

 
Acknowledgments
 
Introduction
 
Lesson 1
 
Structure: Not What I Thought Would Happen
 
Nursery Rhyme: A Diller, a Doller
 
Lesson 2
 
Structure: Spotting Someone Famous
 
Nursery Rhyme: As I Was Going by Charing Cross
 
Lesson 3
 
Structure: More Than One
 
Nursery Rhyme: Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
 
Lesson 4
 
Structure: Something I Used to Have
 
Nursery Rhyme: Betty Pringle
 
Lesson 5
 
Structure: Someone Left
 
Nursery Rhyme: Bobby Shaftoe
 
Lesson 6
 
Structure: Big News!
 
Nursery Rhyme: Brave News Is Come to Town
 
Lesson 7
 
Structure: Where Did They Go?
 
Nursery Rhyme: Bye, Baby Bunting
 
Lesson 8
 
Structure: We Don’t Have What We Need—Problem/Solution
 
Nursery Rhyme: Cock a Doodle Do
 
Lesson 9
 
Structure: Something Happened
 
Nursery Rhyme: Fiddle-De-Dee
 
Lesson 10
 
Structure: Getting Caught
 
Nursery Rhyme: Georgie Porgie
 
Lesson 11
 
Structure: Travel Map
 
Nursery Rhyme: Goosey Goosey Gander
 
Lesson 12
 
Structure: What Everyone Was Doing at the Time—A Four-Person Snapshot
 
Nursery Rhyme: Hey Diddle Diddle
 
Lesson 13
 
Structure: Jump Scare
 
Nursery Rhyme: Hickory Dickory Dock
 
Lesson 14
 
Structure: What My Pet Might Do
 
Nursery Rhyme: Higglety, Pigglety
 
Lesson 15
 
Structure: For Sale
 
Nursery Rhyme: Hot Cross Buns
 
Lesson 16
 
Structure: An Accident
 
Nursery Rhyme: Humpty Dumpty
 
Lesson 17
 
Structure: Someone Borrowed My _________
 
Nursery Rhyme: I Had a Little Pony
 
Lesson 18
 
Structure: What If
 
Nursery Rhyme: If All the World Were Apple Pie
 
Lesson 19
 
Structure: All About Something—A Description
 
Nursery Rhyme: I’m a Little Teapot
 
Lesson 20
 
Structure: Try, Try Again
 
Nursery Rhyme: The Itsy Bitsy Spider
 
Lesson 21
 
Structure: Ouch! That Hurt!
 
Nursery Rhyme: Jack and Jill
 
Lesson 22
 
Structure: Helping Someone
 
Nursery Rhyme: Jack Be Nimble
 
Lesson 23
 
Structure: Win-Win
 
Nursery Rhyme: Jack Sprat
 
Lesson 24
 
Structure: News Report
 
Nursery Rhyme: Ladybug, Ladybug
 
Lesson 25
 
Structure: Something Is Lost—Problem/Solution
 
Nursery Rhyme: Little Bo Peep
 
Lesson 26
 
Structure: What a Mess! Help!
 
Nursery Rhyme: Little Boy Blue
 
Lesson 27
 
Structure: Good Job!
 
Nursery Rhyme: Little Jack Horner
 
Lesson 28
 
Structure: Defining a Feeling
 
Nursery Rhyme: Little Jumping Joan
 
Lesson 29
 
Structure: My Short Story
 
Nursery Rhyme: Little Miss Muffet
 
Lesson 30
 
Structure: Three Questions
 
Nursery Rhyme: Little Tommy Tucker
 
Lesson 31
 
Structure: I Lost Something!
 
Nursery Rhyme: Lucy Locket
 
Lesson 32
 
Structure: Prize Possession
 
Nursery Rhyme: Mary Had a Little Lamb
 
Lesson 33
 
Structure: Polite Q and A
 
Nursery Rhyme: Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary
 
Lesson 34
 
Structure: All About Someone—A Character Analysis
 
Nursery Rhyme: Old King Cole
 
Lesson 35
 
Structure: A Disappointment
 
Nursery Rhyme: Old Mother Hubbard
 
Lesson 36
 
Structure: Making Something
 
Nursery Rhyme: Pat-a-Cake, Pat-a-Cake
 
Lesson 37
 
Structure: Three Ways It Can Be
 
Nursery Rhyme: Pease Porridge Hot
 
Lesson 38
 
Structure: Happy Ending
 
Nursery Rhyme: Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater
 
Lesson 39
 
Structure: Change of Plans
 
Nursery Rhyme: Polly, Put the Kettle On
 
Lesson 40
 
Structure: Small Talk
 
Nursery Rhyme: Pussycat, Pussycat
 
Lesson 41
 
Structure: I Don’t Want That Right Now
 
Nursery Rhyme: Rain, Rain, Go Away
 
Lesson 42
 
Structure: From Good to Bad
 
Nursery Rhyme: Rock-a-Bye Baby
 
Lesson 43
 
Structure: Who’s That?
 
Nursery Rhyme: Rub-a-Dub-Dub
 
Lesson 44
 
Structure: New Job
 
Nursery Rhyme: Seasaw Margery Daw
 
Lesson 45
 
Structure: No, You Can't Have My Things—A Dialogue
 
Nursery Rhyme: Simple Simon
 
Lesson 46
 
Structure: Something Crazy Happened
 
Nursery Rhyme: Sing a Song of Sixpence
 
Lesson 47
 
Structure: Fun Word Story
 
Nursery Rhyme: There Was a Crooked Man
 
Lesson 48
 
Structure: Problem That Can’t Be Fixed
 
Nursery Rhyme: There Was an Old Woman
 
Lesson 49
 
Structure: Going Shopping
 
Nursery Rhyme: To Market, to Market
 
Lesson 50
 
Structure: Somebody Broke a Rule
 
Nursery Rhyme: Tom, Tom, the Piper’s Son
 
Lesson 51
 
Structure: The Fight
 
Nursery Rhyme: Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle- Dee
 
Lesson 52
 
Structure: Talking to Something—Personification
 
Nursery Rhyme: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
 
Lesson 53
 
Structure: Too Bossy
 
Nursery Rhyme: Wee Willie Winkie
 
Appendices
 
1. Complete Collection of 53 Text Structures
 
2. Text Structures for a Busy Town
 
3. Text Structures for Caring About Others
 
4. Text Structures for Feelings
 
5. Text Structures for Problem Solving
 
6. Text Structures for Travel
 
7. Text Structures for Unfairness
 
8. Text Structures Just for Fun
 
9. Text Structure Templates
 
10. Stationary Templates

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