Monday, May 28, 2012

In Pictures and In Words-Book Study Bookmark

Oh my sweet friends... I am getting REALLY excited!

As you may recall, last summer we collectively studied Debbie Diller's wonderful book, Math Work Stations. This year we will be diving into Katie Wood Ray's Book, In Pictures and in Words.
Click on the book to go to Amazon
If you have been reading my blog this year, you know I have used this book in my writer's workshop.  But just like last year, I decided I wanted to know more.  
Who better to help me think more deeply about this text than you guys?

When does it start?  
On June 22nd, I will launch our study here on this site.  Then each week another blog will host a section of the book. (I will take the first 2 weeks)

How do I participate?
You will want to follow the blogs who are hosting the chapters (so you won't miss anything).

If you have a blog:  You can create a post (using our guiding questions) and link up with the hosting blog.
If you do not have a blog:  You can simply comment on the blog with your reflections.

The beautiful thing about blog book studies is you can check in whenever you want.  If you have plans during this time of year... no worries... The information will be here waiting for you!

What is the schedule?
I created a book mark to help you along the way.  It has the hosting blog, dates, and guiding questions.
Simply print it out and keep it with you as you go through the book study.



Giveaways?
You bet!  We will give away gift certificates for books from


We have more exciting news about this book study soon!  Yipee!

Tell me you are as excited as I am?

45 comments:

  1. I am excited! :-) My book gets here Wednesday! Thanks for the book mark...great idea!!
    Live Love Laugh Everyday In Kindergarten

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  2. I can't wait for the book study this summer. My book is already on order. Thanks again for organizing this...you rock!!
    Stacy

    simpsonsuperstars

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  3. I am super excited! My book just came in the mail this weekend!! Yay!
    ~Jen

    Jen's Kinder Kids
    Please come & visit!

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  4. Got my book last week! Very excited --- Thanks for the bookmark :-)
    Beth

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  5. I have been so busy and wanted to really read this book. Thank you!!!!!

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  6. This will be a perfect addition to my summer to-do list! Thank you!
    Vanessa
    Kindergarten Schmindergarten

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  7. I'm off to order the book now - can't wait to read through it with everyone!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats in Kindergarten

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  8. So excited! I have the book and am eager to share and hear everyone's thoughts. Thanks!
    Heather
    Mrs. Shelton’s Kindergarten

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  9. I'm so happy you are all excited! This book is amazing and will really shape the way you think about emergent writers.

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  10. I am the only one in my school that has ever heard of Katie much less read (and reread) all her books! I can hardly wait to read and share with others that have read her books. I heard her in person last summer too, so inspiring!
    Tammy

    First Grade @ Klinger Cafe
    dtklinger@gmail.com

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    1. Wonderful! We need a Katie expert! I'm so glad you will be joining us!

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  11. Oh boy! I can't wait! I am off to order the book!

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  12. This sounds perfect! Now I just have to get the book and download your wonderful bookmark! :) Thank you for hosting this study!

    Sarah A
    Miss A's Kindergarten

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  13. What a wonderful book study! I think I need the book right NOW!

    I know you will give me some awesome ideas about how to lead a blog book study so I can lead one too. Thank you for all of the inspiration. =)


    Heather
    Heather's Heart

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  14. My book should arrive tomorrow! I'm so excited Deedee! Thanks for hosting this! :)

    Mary
    Mrs. Lirette's Learning Detectives

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  15. Thank you for doing this!!!! (And, you know why this comment is so LOL!) :-)
    ReadWriteSing

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  16. I am a second grade teacher. I have never heard of this book. Is this too young for my kiddos?
    Tania
    My Second Sense

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    1. Tania, I am not sure... I suspect it may be too primary for 2nd. It is about studying writing traits through illustrations. I think it would be a great way to enhance your 2nd grade writer's workshop, but I'm not sure if it would reshape it. Does that make sense?

      You could follow along and get some ideas, but I am not sure I would purchase the book for 2nd grade.

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  17. I'm so glad you are having a study on this book. A friend recommended it to me and I just started reading it last week. Not sure how involved I'll get to be in your discussions. I'll be busy with some summer coursework. But I look forward to learning along with you.

    Lisa

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  18. Just ordered my book! CAN'T WAIT!! Thank you so much!!! I teach a pre-k program for students who are age appropriate for k, but are young 5's so their parents choose to give them an extra year of growth! Writing has been my FAVE to teach and I can't wait to learn more!!!

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  19. I can't wait. I will have to order my book! Thanks!

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  20. I'm excited about this one! I'm ordering my book now! :)
    Nicole
    Rowdy in Room 300

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  21. I love this book!! I started reading it earlier this year. I am so super excited about how it has helped my students. I can't wait to see what everyone else thinks.

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  22. I bought this book last year...but starting back in Kindergarten after being in 2nd grade, it really was all I could do to keep my head above water. I look forward to the "push" this book study will give me to read it in depth and how the discussion will help lead...

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    1. Long story... but my name is Lisa...

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    2. LOL! Lisa, we had a great time last year getting everyone's ideas and twists on math. I can't wait to dive into this year's topic!

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  23. this is great! I so want to join. I hope I am able to read at least the first six chapters before the discussion. I am just ordering my book now :(

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  24. How exciting! I CANNOT wait!

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  25. I am so excited! Last summer's book study was amazing! I have been anxiously awaiting your announcement with the details. Our district has a K-1 conference every year, and this year our focus was writing. Katie Wood Ray was our keynote speaker and we all received a copy of one of her books, so of course I picked In Pictures and In Words. Already printed my book mark!

    Thank you for organizing and leading this again this year! I am really looking forward to it!

    Mrs. Krull
    Of Primary Importance

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  26. I am considering moving down from a regular kindergarten class to a transitional kindergarten class next fall. I think this book would be perfect! I can't wait! Any other TK teachers out there?

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    1. I bet there are a few tk teachers. I know there are pre-k ladies who will join us!

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  27. Just found this! So excited. Am totally ordering the book this week. Yeah!!!

    ✰ Kimberley ✰
    First in Maine

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    1. Outstanding Kim! You should be all set!

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  28. Got my book today...I am so excited about participating in this. Thank you so much for leading it and all the work you put into it!

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  29. Yay!!!! I think we will all learn a bunch from each other!

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  30. Hi Deedee! Would this books still be appropriate for first grade? It's kind of hard for me to tell by the book's summary that I found online. Should I buy it? Or will following the book study online be enough? What's your advice?

    Thank you! ~Heidi V.

    PS Your blog was the first teacher blog I ever went on! We had EISS training right before this school year and our instructor had printed off one of your math Google Doc.'s and referenced back to your blog. I was hooked! Now I have my team hooked on teacher blogs and I wanted to let you know that your were the little seed that started it! Thanks for hosting the book study!

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  31. Oh my goodness Heidi! You just made my day!!! Seriously!!!

    Ok.. About the book... This sort of depends on where you are coming from in your writers workshop. If I were going on to first grade, I would still use this book as a reference and resource because I would still have my students deeply involved in illustrating as a form of
    writing composition. My suggestion for you is to follow the blog study and see if the book has a place in your writers workshop. If you find yourself latching on to this idea, you can get the book. If not, I think you will find some great ideas to inhance your current instruction.

    I hope that makes sense! Thank you again for your sweet words. It means a lot to me :)

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    1. I teach First Grade also, but I really ground my teaching in early childhood education. I feel like I might need to fill in some of the holes from their previous year. Well, that and the fact that I would do anything to teach Kindergarten so I like to keep aware! :)

      ✰ Kimberley ✰
      First in Maine

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  32. I CAN'T WAIT TO START THIS! And I just blogged about you.

    ✰ Kimberley ✰
    First in Maine

    PS You've got picture issues. I think you need to throw a little money at it. :)

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  33. I just want to make sure I understand..... by June 22 we should have read the first six chapters and be ready to link up? And then each week after that the next week's chapter is read and ready to be linked up on Friday?

    Rachelle
    http://sweetkindergarten.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Rachelle, You are correct. Now, don't panic! The first 6 chapters are really the "why" behind illustrative studies and the "how". So just comment or link with your reflections on the chapter (the bookmark questions might help guide you).

      Then the rest of the chapters are the "what". So, within that chapter she talks about illustrative techniques. You can select one or two techniques and find a picture book (not already discussed in her book) and show how your could teach that technique with your new picture book.

      We hope to keep to the Friday schedule, but it may turn into a "give or take a day" sort of thing. Some of the ladies are pretty busy with presenting and they may have trouble posting on the exact day.

      I hope that helps:)

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  34. Is it too late to join in??? I read this book 2 years ago, and need to refresh & hear some of what others are saying... would love to join in from this point if that is alright & if you direct me to where you are at this point - thanks so much!! (it truly is a great book!!)

    ~Kimberlee~
    Two Fulbright Hugs
    Teacher TimeSavers

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