ReadingResponseProject Krysti Cotton LAE 3414 Summer B 4 August 2009
The Adventures of Super Diaper BabyGraphic Novel In the Classroom I would use this book to introduce the genre of graphic novels because most students would be unfamiliar with it. I would also use this book to grab the attention of students, mostly boys, who dislike reading or cannot find a genre they enjoy. ESOL Easy to follow illustrations. Interactive steps for students to follow and get more involved in the story. Written and Illustrated by DavPilkey Intermediate As an evil villain is trying to escape with Captain Underpants’ superhero formula, a baby is born. The baby ends up drinking the formula and Super Diaper Baby is born. The villain tries one failed attempt after the other to reclaim the formula. In the end, Super Diaper Baby is triumphant.
Meet President BarackObamaBiography Written by Laine Falk Photographs Primary/Intermediate As a young boy, BarackObama lived with his mother and grandparents in Hawaii, where he was born. As a child he traveled and lived in many places but ended back in Hawaii during high school, where he enjoyed playing basketball. After college he worked as a teacher and lawyer. Now he lives in the White House with his wife and two daughters. In the Classroom This can be used to introduce the President of the United States to those students who are unfamiliar with his background. Students can learn the difference between biographies and autobiographies based on point Of view. ESOL If students are new to the US, they will gain knowledge and are assisted with the photographs. Can also be used to introduce vocabulary related to politics, government and the election process.
I am Rose ParksAutobiography Written by Rosa Parks Illustrated by Wil Clay Primary/Intermediate Rosa Parks begins by explaining segregation and why she was arrested. She then gets into her childhood. She grew up in Alabama with her family and often was teased for the color of her skin. She explains there was a huge bus boycott, which she participated in. This is when the Supreme Court stepped in and said segregation is wrong! She ends her story by stating “I hope children today will grow up without hate.” In the Classroom This book can be used to introduce an extremely significant historical figure. Vocabulary in this book, such as boycott and segregation, can be introduced and discussed. ESOL Illustrations accompany most of the text can assist in comprehension and translation. Students can read it after a social studies lesson, therefore applying background knowledge.
FloridaInformational Written by Carmen Bredeson Photo researcher Coraline Anderson Primary Florida is described as a very sunny and tropical place. The book begins by explaining the various beaches and wildlife that can be seen in Florida. Next, various cities are spotlighted like Orlando and Miami. The book ends by describing various occupations people can work depending on the region/city they live in. In the Classroom I would use this book to show examples of various occupations during an introductory community economics lesson. This can also be used to introduce unfamiliar wildlife and cities to the students. ESOL This book uses real photographs. This helps the student make connections with the text while reading. This book can also serve as an introduction to the community for a student who is from out of the state or country.
Great Snakes!Informational In the Classroom This is a good book to offer boys who are showing little interest in reading. Incorporates rhyming, counting and details to teach students about various types of snakes. ESOL Students can use the image glossary to find a specific type of snake. This book is full of detail-rich illustrations. Written by Fay Robinson Illustrated by Jean Day Zallinger Primary The story begins by counting off snakes by two’s. They describe their various marks, where they live, about their skin and even how they are born. The story ends with counting by two’s again. The book includes a reference page.
The Devil’s ArithmeticCulturally Diverse Written by Jane Yolen Intermediate Cadelcott Medal (1968, 1988) National Jewish Book Award (1989) Hannah is bored and annoyed with her family gatherings. Everyone pinches her cheeks and only talks about the past. Mysteriously Hanna is sent into the past where she is known as Chaya. Her new family and friends are placed into a concentration camp where Hannah gets a first hand account of the devastation of the Holocaust. Before it’s too late, Hanna thankfully makes it home, where she has a new appreciation for her family’s past. In the Classroom Great as an extension to a Holocaust lesson. Can be compared and contrasted to other texts, such as The diary of Anne Frank. ESOL Can be used as a read aloud in order to define some of the vocabulary. Can incorporate the use of graphic organizers for compare and contrast of similar texts.
In My Family-En Mi FamiliaCulturally Diverse Written and Painted by Carmen Lomas Garza Intermediate Pura Belpre Honor (1998) In this story, the author introduces her family and what traditional food they like to eat. She then explains various holiday traditions and also the folktales her family has passed down from generation to generation. She ends by explaining how important gatherings and fiestas are. In the Classroom Can use this book to introduce new words, such as fiesta. Can use when learning about various cultures and countries, such as Mexico, especially if there is a new Spanish-speaking student in the classroom. ESOL Every page is translated in both English and Spanish. Can offer to a student to make reading less stressful. If they are not yet comfortable to read entirely in English.
Johnny AppleseedTraditional Fantasy Retold by Steven Kellogg Illustrated by Steven Kellogg Primary/Intermediate Johnny grew up loving animals and nature. As a young boy he began planting apple seeds wherever he traveled. These seeds developed into trees and soon orchards were spread across all of Ohio. As a young man he warned of the war and troops who traveled because he had made friends with both the Native Americans and the locals. He would share wilderness stories and people would pass them on to others. His stories lived on even after he passed away in 1845. In the Classroom Can be used as an introduction To the War of 1812 and it’s geography. Can be used to as an example of traditional fantasy tales that can be linked to historical events and individuals. ESOL Elaborate illustrations which can Tell the story without the text. Can be used alongside various versions of leveled stories about Johnny Appleseed, for Independent reading.
Hansel and GretelTraditional Fantasy Written and Illustrated by James Marshall Primary/Intermediate Hansel and Gretel’s evil mother, talk their loving father into leaving them in the woods. Thankfully Hansel leaves behind a trail of stones. The next time it happens he leaves a trail of bread, only the birds end up eating the pieces. After days of traveling in the woods they come across a witch’s house. She tries at have them for dinner but they distract her, steal her treasures and make an escape. In the Classroom Can be used as a prediction tool, to activate background knowledge for those students who have heard this story before. Used as an introduction to traditional fantasy genre. ESOL The illustrations can tell the story without the texts. Use this book and genre as a way for students to tell tales from their cultures, thus making personal connections.
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s EarsTraditional Fantasy Retold by Verna Aardema Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon Intermediate Caldecott (1976) A mosquito annoys an iguana who places sticks in his ears. This cause quite a commotion which unfortunately ends in an owlet getting killed. His mother owl is so upset she does not wake the sun in the morning. The animals get to the bottom of who is to blame, but mosquito buzzes away before he is caught. Now he goes from person to person asking “ZEEE! Is everyone still angry with me?” In the Classroom Can be used when discussing various cultures and countries. After reading students can create their own “Why..” books, in which they create an original tale. ESOL Vibrant colored images show assist the text to tell the story. Various types of text help to differentiate which character is speaking.
Imogene’s AntlersModern Fantasy Written by David Small Illustrated by Primary Imogene wakes one morning to find antlers on top of her head. Her mother faints and a doctor is called, but he cannot seem to find a cure. Imogene and her antlers help with the chores including feeding the birds. Imogene falls asleep and when she wakes in the morning her antlers are gone, however, she has grown peacock feathers! In the Classroom After reading, students can write a story following the storyline in this book. Can be used to compare and contrast modern and traditional fantasy. ESOL Detailed drawings depict the story. Can have students make up their own stories to go along with the pictures in the book.
ABC an Amazing Alphabet BookABC Written and Illustrated by Dr. Seuss Primary This book goes through the alphabet and makes the letter/sound connection through the use of animals and alliteration. In the classroom This book is an obvious choice for introduction to the alphabet. It can also be used for letter/sound recognition. ESOL This book can be used for students learning the alphabet. Can be a model for students to create their own alphabet book, which can be used when needed.
ChickaChicka Boom BoomABC ESOL The alphabet letters are in BOLD throughout the story. Colorful pictures accompany storyline. Written by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault Illustrated by Lois Ehlert Primary Little ‘a’ goes up the tree and the alphabet follows. All of a sudden the tree starts to tip and everyone falls down. Little by little they unwind, turn right side up and head back up the tree. In the Classroom Introduction to the alphabet. Can be used when teaching beginning letter sounds.
Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? Predictable Students can make their own books choosing the new animals they have been introduced to. ESOL Students will quickly catch on to the repetition of the story. The animal images are labeled. Written by Bill Martin, Jr. Illustrated by Eric Carle Primary Baby Bear begins by seeing a fox, who sees a flying squirrel. The story continues and the animals see a striped skunk and a mule deer. Finally, Mama Bear sees all of the other animals plus her Baby Bear. In the Classroom This book introduces new vocabulary and animals, such as flying squirrel, prairie dog and mule deer.
ChickaChicka Boom BoomPredictable Written by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault Illustrated by Lois Ehlert Primary Little ‘a’ goes up the tree and the alphabet follows. All of a sudden the tree starts to tip and everyone falls down. Little by little they unwind, turn right side up and head back up the tree. In the Classroom Introduction to the alphabet. Can be used when teaching beginning letter sounds. ESOL The alphabet letters are in BOLD throughout the story. Colorful pictures accompany storyline.
Tonight on the TitanicHistorical Fiction Written by Mary Pope Osbourne Illustrated by Salvatore Murdocca Primary/Intermediate Jack and Annie are called to Magic Tree House. They find out they are going on an adventure on the Titanic. Jack and Annie have to race against time in order to save two children as the ship begins to sink. There are only a select number of life boats and luckily the children make it on safely. In the Classroom Great to have in the classroom to introduce chapter series to students. Good to introduce a historical event through relatable characters. ESOL Includes illustrations throughout the book to assist the story. Can be a stepping stone from storybooks to chapter books.
Hour of the OlympicsHistorical Fiction Written by Mary Pope Osbourne Illustrated by Salvatore Murdocca Primary/Intermediate Jack and Annie receive a sign and head for the Magic Tree House. Soon they find out they are going to Greece. They are racing against time to witness a collection of sports events. They learn this event will be known as the Olympics. In the Classroom Great to have in the classroom to introduce chapter series to students. Good to introduce a historical event through relatable characters. ESOL Includes illustrations throughout the book to assist the story. Can be a stepping stone from storybooks to chapter books.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?Rhythm, Rhyme and Repetition Written by Bill Martin Jr. Illustrated by Eric Carle Primary Brown bird sees Red bird and the story continues on. Purple cat sees White dog and he sees a Teacher. The teacher sees children in the classroom. In the Classroom Teachers can use this book to reestablish color names. Students can make their own books choosing the animals and colors to include. ESOL Students will quickly catch on to the repetition of the story. The colors and animals are labeled.
Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? Rhythm, Rhyme and Repetition Written by Bill Martin, Jr. Illustrated by Eric Carle Primary Baby Bear begins by seeing a fox, who sees a flying squirrel. The story continues and the animals see a striped skunk and a mule deer. Finally, Mama Bear sees all of the other animals plus her Baby Bear. In the Classroom This book introduces new vocabulary and animals, such as flying squirrel, prairie dog and mule deer. Students can make their own books choosing the new animals they have been introduced to. ESOL Students will quickly catch on to the repetition of the story. The animal images are labeled.
TuesdayWordless Illustrated by David Wiesner Primary/Intermediate Caldecott Medal (1992) Frogs start in a pond and as night approaches they go on an adventure. Using their lily pads, the frogs travel through the streets, into the homes of sleeping families and end back in Their pond. In the classroom Introduce students to a new way of telling a story. Through the use of pictures alone, have the students tell an interesting story they have made up. Have the students write their own Words to the wordless book as a language arts activity. ESOL This is helpful because the student Has no words to read and they will Not feel pressured or stressed with the book. Full of rich images that each student can interpret individually.
Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly BusBeginning Chapter Series Written by Barbara Park Illustrated by Denise Brunkus Primary Junie B. Jones is excited about kindergarten but she is not excited about riding the stupid smelly bus. Meanies pour chocolate milk on your head on the bus so after school Junie B. hides. She hides in the supply closet, in the library and even in the nurse’s office. Finally Junie is found by the school janitor and she receives a stern talking to from her mom, teacher and the principal. In the Classroom This is a great book to read for incoming kindergartners. Can be used to introduce chapter series to students. ESOL Good to use for an introduction to chapter books. Still incorporates illustrations throughout the book to assist the story.
Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome WarrenBeginning Chapter Series In the Classroom Can use this book as in introduction to chapter books. Relatable story that students can enjoy. ESOL Good to use for an introduction to chapter books. Still incorporates illustrations throughout the book to assist the story. Written by Barbara Park Illustrated by Denise Brunkus Primary Junie B. loves playing before school with her best friends Lucille and Grace. One morning she sees Lucille talking to the most handsome boy and decides he will be her new boyfriend. After arguments among the girls, she finally meets Warren. He thinks Junie B. is a nutball! She tries everything to impress him, but soon realizes all she needs to do is be herself, and nobody else!
FlippedContemporary Realistic Fiction In the Classroom Students will be able to relate to the language and dialogue used in the story. Can incorporate a discussion and an activity about point of view. ESOL Can partner read, one partner takes Bryce’s part and one takes Juliana’s part. The class can create Venn Diagram comparing events from Bryce’s and Juliana’s perspective. Written by Wendelin Van Draanen Intermediate Bryce and Juliana met when they were in second grade. For her it was love at first sight, for him it was NOT! As they get older, Juli is a know-it-all and Bryce is only concerned with basketball and hanging out with his best friend. After various confrontations Bryce ends up having a change of heart.
Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly BusContemporary Realistic Fiction Written by Barbara Park Illustrated by Denise Brunkus Primary Junie B. Jones is excited about kindergarten but she is not excited about riding the stupid smelly bus. Meanies pour chocolate milk on your head on the bus so after school Junie B. hides. She hides in the supply closet, in the library and even in the nurse’s office. Finally Junie is found by the school janitor and she receives a stern talking to from her mom, teacher and the principal. In the Classroom This is a great book to read for incoming kindergartners. Can be used to introduce chapter series to students. ESOL Good to use for an introduction to chapter books. Still incorporates illustrations throughout the book to assist the story.
SwimmyCaldecott Award Written and Illustrated by Leo Lionni Primary Swimmy is the only black fish in his red family. Sadly, his family is eaten by a large fish. Swimmy travels throughout the entire sea, where he meets all types of fish. He eventually meets a school of fish who are red just like his family. They are hiding because they are afraid of the larger fish. Swimmy devises a plan to swim together in the shape of one large red fish, where he is the eye. Together they scare the large fish away! In the Classroom This book shows various sea creatures, that students can learn about. As an extension, have students write who else Swimmy might see as he travels. ESOL Beautifully crafted images to assist text. Students may be able to relate to the unique character who lives in a new place with new people.
FredrickCaldecott Award Written and Illustrated by Leo Lionni Primary/Intermediate Caldecott Award As the other mice are gathering food in preparation for winter, Fredrick is gathering colors, words and sunshine. The others think he just being lazy. In the middle of winter the food runs low and the cold sets in. Fredrick is there to offer sunshine and colors and even impressive words and poems. The other mice realize that is just what they need. In the Classroom This book introduces new, advanced vocabulary. Can be used as a follow up when learning about animals and their habitats. ESOL Detailed illustrations depict exactly what the text reads. Teachers can define some of the tougher vocabulary before reading the story.
Dear Mr. HenshawNewbery Award In the Classroom After reading this book, students can correspond with pen pals. Students can discuss their favorite author and books. ESOL Illustrations assist the text while Reading. After reading activities can include writing prompts which will increase fluency and speaking abilities. Written by Beverly Cleary Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky Newbery Award Winner (1984) All Leigh has ever dreamed of is becoming a famous author. He wants to write just like his favorite author Boyd Henshaw. After his teach assigns a letter-writing activity, Mr. Henshaw and Leigh become pen pals. Leigh has a rough time with his traveling father, lost dog and stolen lunches.
The Tale of DespereauxNewbery Award In the Classroom Can be used to compare and contrast with the movie version. Can be used to discuss point of view because the story is told from three different characters. ESOL Scenes are pictured throughout the book to assist the text. Teacher can use it as a read aloud to ensure comprehension. Written by Kate DiCamillo Illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering Intermediate Newbery (2004) Despereaux is unlike any other mouse. He hears and smells things others cannot. He even loves humans, one in particular. He then goes on quite the adventure down in the dungeon full of rats. He has to save the princess before it’s too late. In the end, Despereaux turns out to be one heroic mouse.
A Wreath for Emmett TillCoretta Scott King Award In the Classroom Can be used to show various types and styles of poetry. Students can see another way to write a person’s biography, and can compile a collection of poems describing their own life. ESOL Teachers can assign a few poems at a time, therefore not straining the reader. Every poem is presented with a very descriptive image. Written by Marilyn Nelson Illustrated by Philippe Lardy Intermediate Coretta Scott King Award (2006) This book is a collection of poems. They depict the life and death of a young boy, Emmet Till. He was growing up in a racist world which was full of hate, sadly he was killed. This collection incorporates the author’s poems as well as Shakespeare's poems.
Mister SeahorseLaura Ingalls Wilder Award Written by Eric Carle Illustrated by Eric Carle Primary Laura Ingalls Wilder Award (2003) Mrs. Seahorse has laid her eggs andMister Seahorse is taking care of them until they hatch. He travels and sees various fathers of the ocean who are also carrying their own eggs. His eggs hatch and he has a group of little seahorse babies. In the Classroom While learning about animals and their offspring, this book can teach about various male animals that carry their young. Can serve as a writing prompt: If you were Mister Seahorse, who would you see on our journey? ESOL The illustrations detail each animal and assist the story. Introduce new vocabulary connected with the illustrations.
Alphabet Break I'm learning all my ABC's, I'm good at D, E, F and G's. I've mastered H and I and J, and memorized the letter K. I've studied L, M, N and O but now I really have to go. Before I learn one more, you see, I really must get up to P. -Kenn Nesbitt Element: rhyme, pun Primary
Noise Day Let’s have one day for girls and boysesWhen you can make the grandest noises.Screech, scream, clang a bell,Sneeze– – hiccup– – whistle– – shout,Laugh until your lungs wear out,Toot a whistle, kick a can,Bang a spoon against a pan,Sing, yodel, bellow, hum,Blow a horn, beat a drum,Rattle a window, slam a door,Scrape a rake across the floor, Use a drill, drive a nail, Turn the hose on the garbage pail, Shout Yahoo– – Hurrah– – Hooray, Turn up the music all the way, Try and bounce your bowling ball, Ride a skateboard up the wall, Chomp your food with a smack and a slurp, Chew– – chomp– – hiccup– – burp. One day a year do all of these, The rest of the days– – be quiet please. -Shel Silverstein Element: rhyme, onomatopoeia Primary/Intermediate
The Homework Machine The Homework Machine, oh the Homework Machine, Most perfect contraption that's ever been seen. Just put in your homework, then drop in a dime, Snap on the switch, and in ten seconds' time, Your homework comes out, quick and clean as can be. Here it is--"nine plus four?" and the answer is "three." Three? Oh me . . . I guess it's not as perfect As I thought it would be. -Shel Silverstein Element: rhyme Intermediate
Purple Orangutans Element: rhyme, alliteration, image, personification Primary/Intermediate Purple orangutans hurtle through space, Silvery unicorns gallop in place, Onions run races with noodles and spoons, Monkeys emerge from enormous cocoons. Turtles wear sweaters, and pickles wear wigs, Talking tomatoes give lectures to pigs, Peanut-size elephants flutter their wings, Cantaloupes dance as a pineapple sings. Bison ride bicycles, tiger fly kites, Pelicans flicker their myriad lights, Feathery fishes float high in the air, Radishes wash their luxurious hair. Rabbits and parrots play tag in the stars, Marshmallows march in the meadows of Mars… These are a few of the wonders I find In the magic museum I keep in my mind. -Jack Prelutskey
Today is not a good day Today is not a good day. I woke up sick in bed. My stomach has a stabbing pain that’s spreading to my head. My knees are weak and achy. My eyes are full of flu. I fear I may contaminate; I have a fever too. I cannot see. I cannot breathe. I cannot read or write. My eyes are shut. My nose is blocked. I’m not a pretty sight. I cannot lift a finger or move a tired toe. My throat is hot and scratchy. The answer’s simply NO . . . I cannot go to school today; I’m awfully sorry too, this had to happen on the day my book report was due. -Rebecca Kai Dotlich Element: rhyme Intermediate
I Dreamed I was Riding a Zebra I dreamed I was riding a zebra with curly pink hair on his head and when I woke up in the morning that zebra was there in my bed. I rode into school on my zebra. It caused all the teachers to scream. But then I was slightly embarrassed to find it was still just a dream. I woke up again in my bedroom, and saw with relief and a laugh I don't have a pink headed zebra. I guess I'll just ride the giraffe. -Kenn Nesbitt Element: rhyme, image Primary/Intermediate
Keep a Poem in Your Pocket Keep a poem in your pocket and a picture in your head and you'll never feel lonely at night when you're in bed. The little poem will sing to you the little picture bring to you a dozen dreams to dance to you at night when you're in bed. So– Keep a picture in your pocket and a poem in your head and you'll never be lonely at night when you're in bed -Beatrice Schenk de Regniers Element: rhyme Intermediate
What I’ve Learned at School At school I’ve learned a lot of things I really like to do, like running in the hallway and eating gobs of glue. I’ve learned I’m good at making pencils dangle from my nose. I’ve learned to hum and pop my gum. I practice, and it shows. I’ve learned I like to cut in line and love to cut the cheese. I’ve learned to fake a burp, a cough, and even fake a sneeze. You’d think with all this learning I’d be doing well in school, but everything I learn to do appears to break a rule. -By Robert Pottle Element: rhyme, image Intermediate
Isaac Newton Sir Isaac Newton sure was smart, beneath the apple tree. When one fell off and hit his head, he said, “Wow, gravity.” For Newton was a genius and not a common slouch. A genius cries “Gravity!” Most others just say “ouch!” by Calvin Miller Element: rhyme, onomatopoeia Primary/Intermediate
Under the Bed Element: rhyme, image Primary There’s a terrible green Monster who lives beneath my bed. I hear his long white teeth click. He’s waiting to be fed. I shiver underneath my sheets and squeeze my eyes up tight. Maybe if I lie real still he won’t eat me tonight… He taps me on the shoulder. I don’t know what to do. He looks at me and says, “I’m scared! Can I get in with you?” -By Penny Trzynka