M A G I C O F P I C T U R E B O O K S BUILDING BLOCKS FOR LITERACY. Program Design for Children Sya VanGeest.
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Program Design for Children
“Educators today, … agree that all students benefit from opportunities to read and respond to a wide variety of literature. Yes, contrary to popular belief, older students can and do learn from picture books!”
(Forte & Schurr 1995)
The child growing up in an environment brimming with books, magazines, and newspapers,
- seeing and hearing a parent read,
- owning a library card
- that child will have far higher scores than will the child raised in a print vacuum.
Dr. G. Kylene Beers
If we teach children how to read, but none of them want to, have we done our job?Steven Layne. Life’s Literacy Lessons(IRA2001)
Those who don’t read
have no advantage over those who can’t” Mark Twain
If we encounter a man of rare intellect,
we should ask him what books he reads. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Once you learn to read
You will be forever free .
Frederick Douglas. Abolitionist Leader. (ALA poster)
Literature is my Utopia.
It’s accurate in time & place
Shapes real characters
It is engaging
Touches the heart
It’s appropriate for audience
Stirs the imagination
Pictures enrich the text
Energized by strong words
Explores eternal verities
It is inviting
It’s free from errors
Uses language rich in metaphor and description
Tells a dual story – in text and picturesWhatmakesagreatpicturebook ?
The literacy “platforms” are really pretty funny when you think about it. If there were one best way, don’t you think we would have found it by now?
Steven L. LayneLife’s Literacy Lessons(IRA2001)
Picture books speak to the heart!!!!
What type of reader are you?
The Dormant Reader
The Unmotivated Reader
The Uncommitted Reader
The Unskilled Reader
School Library Journal (Jan / Feb 1996)
“A successful introduction to a lesson , which establishes a positive mental set, makes it far easier to sustain learning as the lesson unfolds.” (Kyriacou 1998)
Example: Lesson about children’s rights - Students, in pairs, come up with two rights they feel all children should have. - Read A Carpet Boy’s Gift by Pegi Deitz Shea. - Discuss which of the brainstormed rights Nadeem and Amina did not have. Is this fair?
Using Picture Books to Explicitly Teach Reading Comprehension Strategies
Text to World
Text to Text
Text to Self
Asking the Big questions of Life
Addresses all strands of Language Arts:
Reading, Writing, Oral Communication & Media Studies
Follow a step-by-step process
See “Analyzing and Creating Picture Books”
(Power Point and other support material)
FIRST: Analyzequalities of goodpicture books
SECOND: Planproposalfor your own creation
THIRD: Writefirst draftof your story
FIFTH: Createfinalgood copy
SIXTH: Presentto a children’s audience
Read and studymany picture books
2008 (winner determined by children - spring 2008 from nominated list)
2007 Scaredy Squirrel by Mélanie Watt.
2006 The Boy who Loved Bananas by Andrej Krystoforski
2005 Drumheller Dinosaur Dance by Robert Heidbreder. Illus by Bill Slavin and Esperança Melo
2004 Stanley's Party. Linda Bailey. Illus by Bill Slavin
2003 Z is for Zamboni. Matt Napier. Illustrated by Melanie Rose.
2002 When Pigs Fly. Valerie Coulman and illustrated by Roge.
RESOURCES / LINKS
Forte, Imogene and Sandra Schurr. Using Favourite PictureBooks to Stimulate Discussion and Encourage Critical Thinking. Nashville: Incentive Publications, 1995.
Kurstedt, Rosanne and Maria Koutras. Teaching Writing With Picture Books as Models. Toronto: Scholastic, 2000.
Kyriacou, Chris. Essential Teaching Skills, 2nd Ed. United Kingdom: Nelson Thornes, 1998.OLA. http://www.accessola.com/ola/bins/content_page.asp.
Polette, Nancy J. and Joan Ebbesmeyer. Literature Lures: UsingPicture Books to Motivate Middle School Readers. London: Teacher Ideas, 2002.
OLA’s Super Conference Website 2008
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul!Emily Dickinson