+ Biographical Information Grew up in New Hampshire Studied illustration at Syracuse University Worked at a children’s book store in Manhattan Published under Roaring Books Press
+ Published Works Illustrated: Where do Polar Bears Live? (2009) The Day the World Exploded (2008) The Master Spy Handbook (2008) The Master Detective Handbook (2008) Chinese New Year (2004) Wrote & Illustrated: Island (2012) Coral Reefs (2011) Redwoods (2009)
+ Writerly Techniques: Inferences One must infer the narrative story through the illustrations Read one of Jason Chin’s books to see what I mean!
+ Writerly Techniques: Appealing illustrations Appealing illustrations The Day the World Exploded Author: Simon Winchester Illustrator: Jason Chin
+ Writerly Techniques: Easy to read text/factual information Coral Reefs by Jason Chin
+ Writerly Techniques: Illustrates many of the facts for visual aid Redwoods by Jason Chin
+ Classroom Techniques Snippet Do a snippet of one of Chin’s books to spark students’ interest in literary non-fiction or non-fiction texts in general Writing Workshop Have students write their own literary non-fiction texts Vocabulary Acquisition Chin’s books include academic vocabulary. Reading/using vocabulary in context is a great alternative to pure memorization Inferences Use Chin’s books as an introduction to inferences since you have to infer some of what is going on from the illustrations
+ Classroom Techniques Reading/Listening Comprehension Some children find it easiest to comprehend fictional texts. Use Chin’s books to test reading/listening comprehension for non-fiction texts Environmental Studies Use Chin’s books to talk about why taking care of the environment is important and what might happen if we don’t take care of it Life Science Use Chin’s books to talk about ecosystems and discuss how certain communities depend on one another to live. You could also discuss what might happen if certain animals in the ecosystem become extinct
Snippet: Redwoods The coast redwoods are among the oldest trees in the world. Their ancestors lived about 165 million years ago, during the Jurassic period. One tree can live for more than 2,000 years, which means there are trees alive today that first sprouted during the Roman Empire. Redwoods have shallow root systems that travel more than one hundred feet from the tree. They help the trees stand, and they need all the help they can get because…they are the tallest living things on the planet.