We have started an author study on Chris Van Allsburg and are using it in Writer's Workshop as well as Read Aloud to help us connect reading and writing skills! We are learning to INFER (and getting quite skilled at it, if I might add! :)
The students LOVE the stories and are so eager to read them each day! Our writing is improving also because when we read excellent, mentor texts--we learn to MODEL our writing from the authors! Each story is so captivating and Mr. Van Allsburg has a brilliant way of weaving thought provoking ideas into his stories! We are gleaning so much from each one and the students can't wait to INFER from each story!!