Using Children's Books to Practice Literary Skills
Lesson Objective: Practice finding the 'real story' with children's literature
Grades 9-12 / ELA / Literature

Thought starters

  1. How does comparing the surface story and the real story help students critically analyze text?
  2. Notice the step-by-step process Sarah uses to help students dig deeper into the text. How might using children's literature help build student confidence when learning a skill?
Love the idea of using picture books in HS. It would be great to have them look at their childhood favorites with more of a grownup eye. Plus, there are so many new books every year that there will be plenty of books the students aren't familar with.
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Love this. Children's Literature is also a great way to model how good readers think, ask questions, and make real world connections as they read.
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Amazing how their confidence is built when they read these children's literacy books. Some of my most rambunctious students were paired with younger students they read to once a week. The improvement in the older students' behavior and reading were such a positive influence on their younger reading partners. ; )
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I often use picture books in 6th grade to discuss story elements, but I particularly liked this teacher's language around theme: surface story v. real story. I'll be using that.
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School Details

Johnston Senior High School
6501 Nw 62nd Ave
Johnston IA 50131
Population: 1541

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Sarah Brown Wessling
English Language Arts / 10 11 12 / Teacher



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Lesson Idea

Grades 9-12, All Subjects, Class Culture

Lesson Idea

Grades 9-12, ELA, Class Culture

Teaching Practice

All Grades / All Students / Class Culture