By now you have had a chance to read and study a great deal of mentor texts. It’s important to ask yourself questions about what you have read. Some questions that we've asked ourselves are:
• Why the character did/reacted to something (Motivation)
• What were your feelings about the outcome of the problem (Satisfying ending)
• Why something happened the way it did (Story arc)
• Why the author chose to end the story that way (Ending)
When we ask ourselves these types of questions, we can gain deeper insight into the workings of the text and pictures. For author and illustrator interviews and general writing for kids, you can visit www.KidLit411.com
The KidLit411 Team
ELAINE KIELY KEARNS is a picture book and middle grade writer. Armed with a master's degree in Education, she spends her time perusing the internet for golden nuggets of information about children's writing for KidLit411.
SYLVIA LIU writes & illustrates for kids. Her picture book, A MORNING WITH GONG GONG, will be published by Lee & Low Books. Her portfolio is enjoyingplanetearth.com, she blogs at sylvialiuland.com, and she helps run kidlit411.com.