Little Red Writing by Joan Holub (Chronicle Books LLC, 2013) is perfect for the classroom. Well, sort of. It is actually a brilliant idea full of layers: the actual fractured fairy tale, the imbedded examples of writing problems both young and old writers can face, and the tongue-in-cheek teasers in both text and illustrations (think of a really sharp main character who happens to be a pencil for the kind of humor dotting the pages). However, these very creative layers can pose a problem in the classroom. The pages are very busy. They need pouring over and rereading, something that does not always get to happen in a classroom setting. The text and illustrations are fun. They should be dissected and discussed, and used for example, all things that are supposed to happen in our classrooms. So, I just had to write a lesson plan that can help teachers manage all these layers if they’d like to use this book. In my experience, students love this kind of story. I think it is well worth the time.
If you’d like to try this lesson in your classroom, please see: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Guided-reading-and-writing-lesson-using-Little-Red-Writing-by-Joan-Holub-1047019