Here is a little background...
I use our district adopted basal, StoryTown, to pace my reading/writing strategies and phonics skills. I then find the corresponding CCSS. Once I have my teaching points, I choose the author we will focus on.
Throughout the month of January, we worked on expression, speech bubbles, developing characters, retells, and so much more through Mo Willems' books.
We practiced speech bubble with Piggie and Gerald.
One of my favorite activities had students practicing expression as they pleaded to Stay Up Late.