Are you tired of teaching and practicing the standards through comprehension worksheets or the textbook? Do you want to have more common texts in your classroom that you and your students can reference throughout the year? Do you want to introduce your students to new places, diverse people, and social situations while still teaching the standards? Do you want to enhance their vocabulary and promote inquiry and discussion through meaningful text?
The Power of Picture Books does all that and more while incorporating good literature into your curriculum. These mentor texts, lessons, activities, and discussions are a great way to introduce, develop, and review the standards in an engaging and confidence-building manner. The exit tickets provide immediate feedback based on the reading and discussion and/or writing for the day.
By supplementing these mentor texts and lessons into your English Language Arts block, your students can see many ways this skill can be presented, as well as analyze, discuss, and write about their thinking. Through these lessons, you are not only exposing your students to powerful picture books that highlight your standards, you are meeting your Writing and Speaking and Listening standards as well. These units are written for the Florida State Standards but also fit the Common Core Standards.
The standard/skills covered:
LAFS.4.RL.1.3/RL.4.3: Literary Elements and Character Analysis
- A way to incorporate multiple picture books into your curriculum
- A supplement to what you already do when teaching a standard
- Specific to one standard or skill only
- A way to get your students to see a skill from many different angles and through many different texts
- A way to assess (formative and summative) your students’ understanding and application of a standard
- A chance for students to think, question, discuss, and analyze different texts
- A combination of comprehension, application, discussion, and writing
- A flexible way to teach the standards.
- A digital product (no book delivery – sorry!)
This is not...
- A sole way to teach the skill
- The only thing you must do and your students will master the standard (continual exposure and practice is needed for everyone, always)
- A full comprehension/novel study guide per picture book
- Meant to be lengthy (each book and accompanying activity/question/exit ticket should take under 45 minute to read and complete)
Included in this unit are 6 mentor texts:
1. The Coal Thief by Alane Adams
2. Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine
3. The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg
4. Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
5. Yuko-chan and the Daruma Doll by Sunny Seki
6. Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg
As well as…
- Standard Breakdown, Student-Friendly Learning Goals, and Essential Questions to use throughout the unit
- Detailed directions for each mentor text and activity
- Graphic Organizer for the standard/skill
- Ideas for other resources (along with these mentor texts) you can use in your classroom to teach the standard
- A cooperative, whole-group activity using the mentor text to reinforce the standard being taught
- Guiding Questions that promote modeling, analyzing, and discussion
- Socratic Seminar Question and Rubric that promotes analyzing, discussion, and writing
- Exit Tickets with different question formats and levels of complexity for each mentor text
- Answer Keys for all graphic organizers, activities, and exit tickets
Please note that the actual books are not included in this purchase – this is a digital product only! Many of these titles can be found in your classroom, school, or public library. I have included links to the books in the unit should you choose to want to purchase them.