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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

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 Dollar  
 
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: Prized 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: Seesaw 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. Stationery Templates  
 
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