Finding the right hook to motivate struggling learners is often a challenge. However, a tried and true method is to incorporate the use of picture books to stimulate writing, thinking, oral communication, and art just to name a few. One of my favorite authors is Judith Viorst who is well known for writing Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
. I haven't met a child yet who hasn't absolutely loved this book! (A great Christmas gift.)
Follow up activities after reading this book include: creative writing, drama, vocabulary development, brainstorming and much, much more. Have a look at the Web English Teacher's Site for endless lessons and follow up activities to this delightful children's book.