This getting-to-know-you writing activity, inspired by "The Important Book" by Margaret Wise Brown is one of my favorite beginning-of-the-year projects.
In The Important Book
, the author describes basic objects (like an apple, or a shoe) through patterned verse–listing the topic, main idea, and details. By the end kids are familiar enough with the patterned verse that it leads perfectly into recreating their own verse--all about them.
To see more details on teaching this project, visit my blog:
The Important Thing About You
Another Important Thing