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Program Design for Children Sya VanGeest M AGIC OF P ICTURE B OOKS BUILDING BLOCKS FOR LITERACY
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)
3 NURTURE A READER Nurture a Sapling 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
Promote Reading for Fun If we teach children how to read, but none of them want to, have we done our job? S teven Layne. Lifes Literacy Lessons (IRA2001) If we teach children how to read, but none of them want to, have we done our job? S teven Layne. Lifes Literacy Lessons (IRA2001)
5 The Power of Reading Those who dont read Those who dont read have no advantage over those who cant Mark Twain If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads. Ralph Waldo Emerson 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) Frederick Douglas. Abolitionist Leader. (ALA poster) Literature is my Utopia. Helen Keller Helen Keller
What makes a great picture book ? 1. Tells a good story 2. Its accurate in time & place 3. Shapes real characters 4. It is engaging 5. Touches the heart 6. Stimulates thought 7. Its appropriate for audience 8. Its fun 9. Stirs the imagination 10. Pictures enrich the text 11. Energized by strong words 12. Explores eternal verities 13. It is inviting 14. Its free from errors 15. Uses language rich in metaphor and description 16. Tells a dual story – in text and pictures
How Do We Get Children To Read? The literacy platforms are really pretty funny when you think about it. If there were one best way, dont you think we would have found it by now? Steven L. Layne Lifes Literacy Lessons (IRA2001) Steven L. Layne Lifes Literacy Lessons (IRA2001)
U SE P ICTURE B OOKS T O... 1. Introduce a lesson / unit 2. Teach content 3. Teach reading & writing strategies/skills 4. Study point-of-view, bias 5. Explore a theme 6. Shape for ear: storytelling 7. Compliment your subject 8. Stimulate critical thinking 9. Conclude a lesson / unit 10. As model for product 11..... Picture books speak to the heart!!!!
Types of Readers, Dr. G. Kylene Beers Types of Readers, Dr. G. Kylene Beers The Avid Reader The Avid Reader The Dormant Reader The Unmotivated Reader The Uncommitted Reader The Unskilled Reader School Library Journal (Jan / Feb 1996)
Using Picture Books asMental Sets for lessons 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)
MENTAL SET A Good Mental Set Should... Link to past learning/ prior knowledge Actively involve students Relate to lesson objective Example: Lesson about childrens rights - Students, in pairs, come up with two rights they feel all children should have. - Read A Carpet Boys 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 FOR EXAMPLE: *making connections Text to Text Text to Self Text to World
Character Ed - Guidance Asking the Big questions of Life Asking the Big questions of Life Do real men cry? Do real men cry? How do we honour personality traits? How do we honour personality traits? What do we do with our anger / disappointment? What do we do with our anger / disappointment? How do we deal with our fears? How do we deal with our fears? What is courage? What is courage?
The Power and Beauty of Picture Books As a Genre for Student Writing: 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)
29 A S TEP-BY- S TEP P ROCESS Divided into six parts Divided into six parts Record due dates for each part. Record due dates for each part. Assess and evaluate each part Assess and evaluate each part FIRST: Analyze qualities of good picture books SECOND: Plan proposal for your own creation THIRD: Write first draft of your story FOURTH: Construct storyboard FIFTH: Create final good copy SIXTH: Present to a childrens audience
31 Building a Collection Read and study many picture books Consider award-winning books Consider award-winning books Blue Spruce Award Blue Spruce Award Caldecott Caldecott Governor Generals Award Governor Generals Award First Choice First Choice Examine their characteristic and qualities Examine their characteristic and qualities What is great about these books? What is great about these books? The wonder of the story? The wonder of the story? The beauty of the words? The beauty of the words? The power of the art? The power of the art? The enticement of the packaging ? The enticement of the packaging ?
B LUE S PRUCE 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. 2002 When Pigs Fly. Valerie Coulman and illustrated by Roge. RESOURCES / LINKS RESOURCES / LINKS Blue Spruce Award Archive: Annual Award Winners and Award Nominees Blue Spruce Award Archive: Annual Award Winners and Award Nominees BEST BETS, an annual list of Canadian literature BEST BETS, an annual list of Canadian literature Canada's major national literary awards Canada's major national literary awards Canadian Children's Literature: Award-Winning Books Canadian Children's Literature: Award-Winning Books
Works Cited Forte, Imogene and Sandra Schurr. Using Favourite Picture Books 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, 2 nd Ed. United Kingdom: Nelson Thornes, 1998. OLA. http://www.accessola.com/ola/bins/content_page.asp. OSLA. http://www.accessola.com/osla/bins/index.asp. Polette, Nancy J. and Joan Ebbesmeyer. Literature Lures: Using Picture Books to Motivate Middle School Readers. London: Teacher Ideas, 2002.
Analyzing and Creating Picture Books -.ppt Analyzing and Creating Picture Books -.ppt Student Picture Book Assignment Student Picture Book Assignment Picture Books to Shape for Telling -.ppt Picture Books to Shape for Telling -.ppt Selected Picture book bibliographies by topic Selected Picture book bibliographies by topic Additional Resources Posted on OLAs Super Conference Website 2008
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There is a no frigate like a book 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
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