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Using Picture Books in the Middle School Library


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Discover curriculum related books that can be purchased and utilized by students and teachers - and why picture books are important in middle school.

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Using Picture Books in the Middle School Library

  1. 1. Using Picture Books in the Middle School Library Rachel Grover Rocky Run Middle School FCPS Library In-Service Winter 2016
  2. 2. Session Objectives Understand why MS students (and their teachers!) need picture books Gain strategies for selecting quality picture books for the MS level Preview new titles that are MS relevant Match at least 1 picture book to a skill your students struggle with
  3. 3. ...Where are We? Who has a picture book collection? What groups in your school use your picture books? When was the last time they were...weeded?
  4. 4. Picture Books at the MS Level? Short on pages, long on meaning (critical thinking!) Skill development Illustrations extend & enhance the text Written for many content areas Accessible for all students
  5. 5. “The picture book is a picture puzzle, badly understood by critics and condescended to by far too many as merely a trifle for ‘the kiddies.’” - Maurice Sendak
  6. 6. Strategies for Selecting MS Picture Books Blogs/Google “picture books” AND “middle school” Focus on curriculum What will your staff & students actually use? The FCPS Library Catalog & ILLs (what do others have?) Avoid books with massively long text
  7. 7. Strategies for Collaborating with Teachers Read alouds: Intro a new unit Small group activities to practice developing skills Think of colleagues you already work with - or you don’t! Attend CT mtgs (if you can) to see what they are struggling with - can your picture books help? How can they help your school’s literacy goal? What I did with my picture books...
  8. 8. Turn & Talk: Which departments at your school are/would be most receptive to using picture books as an instructional tool? OR What strategies have you already used to collaborate with teachers and use picture books?
  9. 9. Story Time! Think: What skills/standards could this book address?
  10. 10. Turn & Talk: What skills/standards/classes could this book help teach?
  11. 11. Skills/Standards for Benno and the Night of Broken Glass Point of View Inference Plot & Sequence Making Predictions WWII/Nazi Germany
  12. 12. Common (Language Arts) Skills that Picture Books Address Plot & Sequence Inference Characterization Theme Word Choice/Writing Style Point of View
  13. 13. Not Just for English Teachers... Art Tech Ed Social Studies Foreign Language & ESOL
  14. 14. Previewing New Titles 1. You & your group will preview a book. 1. Think about: - Literacy skills - Types of activities - Potential classes - Would you purchase? 1. We will share in about 10 minutes.
  15. 15. Rachel’s Top 10 New Titles STEM Cause/Effect Characterization Theme The Most Magnificent Thing, by Ashley Spires (2014)
  16. 16. Rachel’s Top 10 New Titles Inference Characterization Plot Funny! Memoirs of a Goldfish, by Devin Scillian (2010)
  17. 17. Rachel’s Top 10 New Titles Personification Plot Theme STEM What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada (2013)
  18. 18. Rachel’s Top 10 New Titles The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer (2012) Science: Wind Energy Biography Inference Sequence
  19. 19. Rachel’s Top 10 New Titles Foreign Lang. & ESOL Word Choice Day of the Dead study Mi Familia Calaca, by Cynthia Weill (2013)
  20. 20. Rachel’s Top 10 New Titles Theme Inference Characterization Bear and Duck, by Katy Hudson (2015)
  21. 21. Rachel’s Top 10 New Titles WWII: Paris Plot Inference Characterization Stone Angel, by Jane Yolen (2015)
  22. 22. Rachel’s Top 10 New Titles Inference Making Predictions Creative Writing One Day, The End, by Rebecca Kai Dotlich (2015)
  23. 23. Rachel’s Top 10 New Titles How to Babysit a Grandpa, by Jean Reagan (2012) Inference Sequence Point of View Writing Technique
  24. 24. Turn & Talk: Which of these books sound like they would work best for your students and staff?
  25. 25. Reflect: 1. How much attention does your picture book collection need to be a ready resource for your staff? 1. What other supports do you need for this to become a reality for you and your staff?
  26. 26. Thanks! Feel free to come look at the books... Rachel Grover Rocky Run Middle School