Inspector Specific & Tilly Lilly

SAID IS DEAD  grades 2-6

When writing dialogue for a narrative, students rarely see their characters on the page as actors on a stage. No one's mother has ever said, "Come down here right now!" The readers will feel the mother's emotion if the writer shows with words like 'scream'' 'bellow', or 'yelled'. In the inspector's tiny town, tryouts are being held for the most talked about profession, the town gossip. And, two famous American authors help the inspector at the judges' table. Find out which character has the golden tongue of tattling.


These books introduce the Inspector and just a few of the town's people. Use these books to inspire young writers to use the most specific nouns and the most vivid verbs. End rhyme is used in these book as all elementary teachers know that rhyme helps in retention. These books will inspire your writers to think of precise words and will encourage younger children to question the type of trees in their yards, types of clouds in the sky or why they should use the verb 'trim' and not 'cut' with the barber.

DESSERTS, HATS and CLOTH grades 3-6

Let the child enter Bobbie's Bakery, Lila's Millinery and Jessie's Fabric store. DESSERTS serves up a menu of precise pastries, so if grandma offers dessert, the child learns to ask for brûlée. In HATS, the imaginative child with an acting flare learns the names of those period hats that top any costume. Not a seamstress? Well, the narratives in Jessie's Fabric store will help a child understand the difference between calico and canvas. Each book has the organizational format of a narrative essay which young writers review the exposition, climax and resolution.


grades 2-6


The event of the year is Jessie's Fall Fashion Parade where a cast of unlikely models take their turn down the runway, and some actually make it. But, the commentator for the evening turns out to be this season's worst trend. Young readers will learn to observe other's gaits, and an early apology if your child mentions that Grandma just "waddled into the kitchen". Before they write they must observe.


WORN OUT WORDS 7th-post graduate

Remember that first day of middle school when you dropped your child off, and in six hours her knowledge of language disappeared into that prison of popularity? Does your child use the word 'like' more often than breathing? Have you nightmares of her interview for college entrance going poorly because of her cool communication.


grades 4-9


The first book of the Tilly Lilly series. Take your coat off and store it in your cubby. But, don't leave behind your paints, trombone or that play you're writing. Bring it in! Miss Gill will help you practice ballet or sing to your piano tunes, but most of all you will see her guide Tilly into writing a narrative with exciting events through the character's actions, thoughts, and feelings.




Tilly tells her tale of a terrible Thanksgiving. Full of details in imagery and figurative language, the sequence of Tilly's Thanksgiving keep students listening until the sweetest ending. Imagery, simile, metaphors and other writers tools help construct this narrative.





Both Jeffrey and Amira convince their classmates with two different opinions in their persuasive essays. Learning to use linking words like although, yet, and but, their options follow a persuasive format is elaborated with facts, examples and quotes.





Now it's Finn's chance to star as he delivers his clever informative essay. And, Miss Gill shows her class how to elaborate and how to organize an essay from butterflies to outer space.






Winter recess is canceled! Yet, Miss Gill walks with her students over the river and through the woods with Little Red Riding Hood showing not only the way to start a sentence differently and see a Big Bad Wolf. Teachers will find this book especially helpful if their students are beginning almost every sentence with either' I', 'the' or 'there'. Teach sentence variety early and every young writer will thank you.


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