The Best Part of Me, by Wendy Ewald, is a wonderful read aloud to teach both socio-emotional and writing skills. Students learn about self-appreciation and diversity, while listening to writing from students their own age. It is a great mentor text to use when teaching descriptive writing and similes/metaphors.
In my classroom, this is my students' favorite first week of school activity. This is the first piece of writing that goes up on our bulletin board, and they are always so proud to see themselves represented in this way.
This resource includes:
- A powerpoint for the you to create your own photo displays from student writing
- A Google Slides student version, where the students can create their own writing and take their own photos