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Touchstone Texts - Writing Workshop

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   Touchstone texts are texts that are used as exemplars or to model certain writing/story structures. They can be any piece of text (picture books, novels, newspaper articles, online writings).  Consider including your own writing or student pieces from the class. 


This list will continue to be revised as I find texts that fit with certain activities.  If you have a favourite text, please add it to the list. (Click EDIT tab above. To add a row to the table, click in a cell, right click. Select Row, Insert.)


PICTURE BOOKS (these work for elementary and secondary)
Title Author
Mr. Peabody's Apple Madonna
Wretched Stone Van Allsburg
The Stranger Van Allsburg
Mysteries of Harris Burdick Van Allsburg images - imagination
Polar Express Van Allsburg  
Red Tree Tan
descriptions - metaphors
Grasper Lewis
courage - go against the crowd
Wings Myer
courage - outside the box
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge Fox identify
All I See Rylant  
The Relatives Came Rylant memoir
Ish Reynolds see personal gifts
June 29, 1999 Weisner  
Voices in the Park Browne  


Russell's Lost Treasure Scotton photography as message
Score One for Sloths Lester  
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Viorst personal narratives
Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street Schotter personal narratives
The Paper Boy Pilkey personal narratives
Knuffle Bunny - Cautionary Tale; Knuffle Bunny Too
Willems narrative
John Philip Duck Polacco  
Click, Clack, Moo - Cows that Type Cronin persuasive writing
Night of the Gargoyles
Chrysanthemum Henke literary essay
Chester Wyatt  
The Book that Jack Wrote Scieszka pattern
The Recess Queen O'Neill social responsibility
Piggybook Browne  
The Moon and the Oyster Clenman  
The Wump World Peet like Rabbits (allegory)
The Rabbits Marsden like Wump world (allegory)
Say Something Moss social responsibility
This is our House Rosen community
Owl Moon Yolen descriptive content; setting tone
Sector 7 Weisner  
Because of Mr. Terupt
Rob Buyea
I Wanna Iguana    persuasive writing 
Thunder Cake
facing our fears
What Really happened to Humpty?   background, text clue, inference
Splat the Cat Scotton description - character feelings
Enemy Pie Munson different plot points
The Junkyard Wonders Polacco believing, community, transitions, character description (potential despite challenges)
Chalk Bill Thomson imagination
Earrings Viorst persuasive writing
more book stuff me writing well




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