I have long wanted to add a section on my blog for using picture books with middle and high school students. I have finally made that happen! Though I have accumulated lots of lesson ideas with picture books over the years, they take me several days at a time to write them out. I'm hoping to add a new picture book with lesson ideas for older readers each month. Be sure to check back regularly or subscribe for updates.
Every picture book lesson will include a downloadable booktalk for libraries, middle school English curriculum connections (because I taught English!), and at least three other ideas for using the picture book with older students.
Armchair Travelers Unite! Challenge Your Students to Read Around the World
This fall, I am challenging my middle schoolers to read picture books representing different countries. This is a project I've been thinking about doing for years, and it's finally happening! This post, the first in a two-part series, focuses on why I'm doing this, what kinds of books I've ordered, how I set it up, and what I plan to do to promote the challenge.
|Four Feet, Two Sandals (Williams, Mohammed, Chayka)|
Includes lessons for English, humanities/global perspectives, library, PE, and photography.
|The Last Stop on Market Street (De la Pena)|
Includes lessons for English, art, library, social studies, and photography.
|Rules of Summer (Tan) |
Includes lessons for English/writing, library, art, social studies, sociology, and political science.
|Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing (Price) AND/OR Twenty-One Elephants (Bildner)|
|The Whispering Town (Elvgren)|
Lessons for English, library, social studies, and art. Also includes a booktalk, paired picture books and novels, and documentary clips.