Using the Power of Picture Books to teach text structure allows you to check their comprehension without having to use worksheets and gives you common texts that you can always refer back to throughout the year. The Power of Picture Books will introduce your students to new places, diverse people, and social situations while still teaching text structure! You will also enhance their vocabulary and promote inquiry and discussion through meaningful text.
These mentor texts, lessons, activities, and discussions provide a great way to introduce, develop, and review text structure in an engaging and confidence-building manner. The exit tickets and Socratic Seminars provide immediate feedback based on the reading, 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 showcase good text structure, 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 covered:
Included in this unit are 9 mentor texts to teach Text Structure:
1. Muhammad Ali: A Champion is Born by Gene Barretta
2. The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey by Louise Borden
3. Lincoln and Kennedy: A Pair to Compare by Gene Barretta
4. Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives by Gene Barretta
5. Dazzle Ships: World War 1 and the Art of Confusion by Chris Barton
6. Coral Reefs by Jason Chin
7. Everything Rocks and Minerals by Steve Tomecek
8. The Rock Cycle by Wendy Conklin
9. Rocks and What We Know About Them (Geology for Kids) by Baby Professor
*These mentor texts cover traditional, browseable, and narrative non-fiction*
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
- Differentiated Graphic Organizers to introduce Text Structure for informational text (chronology, compare, cause/effect, description, and problem/solution), as well as multiple graphic organizers in different formats for each text structure individually: chronology (3), compare and contrast (3), cause and effect (4), description (1), and problem and solution (2). Answer Keys included!
- 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 for each mentor text 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
- A way to incorporate multiple picture books and good literature into your curriculum
- A supplement to what you already do when teaching text structure
- Specific to one standard or skill only
- A way to get your students to see text structure in many different angles and through many different texts
- A way to assess (formative and summative) your students’ understanding and application of text structure
- 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 text structure
- A digital product (no book delivery – sorry!)
This is not...
- A sole way to teach text structure
- 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)
If you would like check out the Literature “Power of Picture Books” units:
The Power of Picture Books: Finding Evidence and Making Inferences (LAFS.4.RL.1.1/RL.4.1)The Power of Picture Books: Theme and Summarizing (LAFS.4.RL.1.2/RL.4.2)The Power of Picture Books: Literary Elements and Character Analysis (LAFS.4.RL.1.3/RL.4.3)The Power of Picture Books: Context Clue and Mythology Allusions (LAFS.4.RL.2.4/RL.4.4)The Power of Picture Books: Poetry, Drama, and Prose (LAFS.4.RL.2.5/RL.4.5)The Power of Picture Books: Comparing Points of View (LAFS.4.RL.2.6/RL.4.6)The Power of Picture Books: Visual and Oral Connections (LAFS.4.RL.3.7/RL.4.7)The Power of Picture Books: Compare and Contrast (LAFS.4.RL.3.9/RL.4.9)