Literary Analysis with Children's Books: Language and Aesthetics Mini Lessons

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Looking for an engaging mini lesson to scaffold literary analysis? Try using picture books to help students focus on language and aesthetics. This resource contains two graphic organizers with scaffolded questions to use during mini lessons, small group discussions, and independent application.

WHO LITERARY ANALYSIS WITH PICTURE BOOKS IS FOR

This resource is intended for middle and high school teachers who are looking to...

1. engage students in mini lessons about an author's use of grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, figurative language, and aesthetics

2. bridge whole-class instruction with independent reading

3. supplement literature circle and book club units with common literary analysis lessons

LITERARY ANALYSIS WITH PICTURE BOOKS CONTENTS

This secured PDF resource with an editable PowerPoint version contains...

1. three graphic organizers, one for opening up discussions, one for any language element and one for aesthetics like use of color and font

2. a list of suggested picture books to use as mentor texts during picture book analysis lessons

3. a list of possible topics for students to analyze, including grammar, vocabulary, color and font formatting, and figurative language elements, as they research children's books

4. example responses you can use to model with students

WHY PICTURE BOOK ANALYSIS?

Picture books provide an entire story's worth of elements to analyze in a short amount of time. In just 10 minutes, students can gather enough information to study language, story elements, style choices, author's craft, and more. Literary analysis with picture books also provides a bank of common texts the whole class can refer back to and connect with all year long. Plus, it will help students value the connection between reading, writing, and language.

IS THIS RESOURCE READY FOR DISTANCE LEARNING?

Yes, this resource is included as both a PDF print file and as a digital Google Slides™ resource. Example responses are included in the Google Slides™ format and the print graphic organizers. The questions in this resource are not editable, but the digital example responses are editable, so you can change them to work for whatever picture book you'd like to use.

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Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

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