Analyzing illustrations is fun with Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and the rest of the gang! Use as a small group, whole group, or literacy center activity to help your students explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story.
A lot of times when students read chapter books, they ignore the illustrations. As they become stronger readers, they pay less attention to the pictures. But the illustrations can add a lot of information to the story. In third grade, RL.3.7 asks students to analyze illustrations. In second grade, students analyzed illustrations for the story elements of characters, setting, and plot. The third grade standard adds the idea of mood.
In this activity, students will read a short passage based on the classic story of Peter Pan. Then they will look closely at two different illustrations from various historical versions of the story. They will compare the illustrations to the written text and highlight the parts of the text that correspond to the illustrations. Students will explain how the illustrations show the setting and character traits. They will identify the mood of the illustration, and explain how the illustrator created that mood.
This activity pairs perfectly with the third grade EngageNY ELA Module 3A, or you can use it along with a class read aloud or small group literature circle novel study of the book Peter Pan. If your students are already familiar with the story of Peter Pan, you could also use these activities as stand-alone lessons on analyzing illustrations.
This set contains 10 short reading passages that are rewritten from the original version of Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie to be an appropriate reading level for elementary students. Each of the ten passages is paired with two classic illustrations and three written response questions for analyzing the setting, character traits, and mood.
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