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Writing with Rosie
You Can Write a Story Too
by Patricia Reilly Giff

Trade Binding | 80 pages | 6 x 9 | US$ 15.95
ISBN: 9780823436569 | 08-30-2016

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIFTH | Age: 8 to 12

Themes: Writing, School, Language Arts, Determination
Recommendations: K*, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
RI.4.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10
L.4.1, 2, 2a, 2d, 3, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6
RF.4.3, 3a, 4, 4a, 4c
SL.4.1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 2, 3, 4, 6
W.4.3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 8, 9, 9b, 10

About the Book

In a humorous and entertaining guide, two-time Newbery Honor-winning author Patricia Reilly Giff breaks down the process of writing fiction into steps, all while trying to cope with the constant distractions from her exuberant seventy-pound golden retriever puppy, Rosie.

Citing examples from her award-winning novels she explains how to proceed with each step in chapter sections titled "Can You See What I Did?" Young writers can find the inspiration and tips they need to try their hand in sections called "Your Turn." Anecdotes from her writing life and hilarious adventures with her high-energy pet provide entertainment and encouragement.


★"The best recent writing guide for young readers and writers.""Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Review and analyze the Table of Contents in Writing With Rosie. How does Patricia Reilly Giff structure the book to add meaning? RI.4-5.5

2. What does the author mean when she says, "We all have stories to tell"? W.4-5.9

3. Discuss how Giff uses reasons and evidence in the book. SL.4-5.1, 4/RI.4-5.8

4. What is Patricia Reilly Giff's purpose for writing this book? How does her background and experience influence her writing? Identify events and beliefs relevant to her life. RI.4-5.1, 3

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Writing with Rosie: You Can Write a Story Too
Educator's Guide aligned with Instructional Standards.