One of my all time favorite texts that I use as a Touchstone Text is Ralph Fletcher's Twilight Comes Twice. Dive into the text and see for yourself!

Introducing the "Scavenger Hunt" to kids:

The text:

Another beautifully written text that can inspire kids to write about home (from My House has Stars by Megan McDonald):
"My house rocks me to sleep at night. I hear the water lapping the sides of our boat, lapping the sides, lapping the sides. So gently I am getting sleepy."

To promote "Reading Like a Writer," have kids search their independent reading books for Writer's Crafts. Inspire them to notice, to be in awe of the words writers use and the moves they make crafting their pieces. As you name these crafts in your community of writers, students can create Craft Posters using the assignment below.