Using picture books in the middle school


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Using picture books in the middle school

  1. 1. Using Picture Books in the Middle School County Wide In-service Presented by Rose Hagar October 5, 2007
  2. 2. Why Picture Books?“If a picture is worth a thousand words, imagine the value of many pictures plus a thousand words.” Ammon & Sherman Worth a Thousand Words
  3. 3. What are Picture Books? Images and ideas join to form a unique whole Pictures & text work interdependently to tell the story Illustrations extend and enhance the text Any book printed in the picture book format
  4. 4. Characteristics  Usually 32 pages  Pictures on almost every page  Text is relatively brief  Words & pictures share the responsibility Story time Online
  5. 5. Why use them in the Middle School? Themes appeal universally to all age levels Broad range of subjects Explore current & relevant topics Reflect the rising tide of realism in children’s books
  6. 6. Why use them in the Middle School? Short on pages & long on meaning Can lead to further research & writing Challenge the reader to think differently about a topic Short format fits time constraints
  7. 7. Why use them in the Middle School? Controlled amount of text makes them readily accessible to all levels Pictures are comprehension aids Allows students to explore the form & structure of language in a non-intimidating manner
  8. 8. Why use them in the Middle School? Contain elements of visual symbolism and visual puns that are over the heads of younger readers In a world where students are coming of age surrounded by visual stimuli, picture books are a natural
  9. 9. Criteria for choosing a Picture Book  Quality of pictures  Quality of text  Must relate to the instructional purpose
  10. 10. Positive Values of using Picture Books Expands student comprehension & enjoyment Suitable for short periods of instruction Availability of multicultural texts suits a diverse population Not daunted by length
  11. 11. Positive Values of Using Picture Books ELL/Special Ed. – visual and verbal connections can increase skill and confidence Interactivity – reader/listener dynamic Brevity – 15-30 minutes Young Adult content
  12. 12. Positive Values of Using Picture Books Writing Style Come in all genres making them accessible to all students “Portable art galleries” (Robin, Simpson, 2001) Enjoyment
  13. 13. Curriculum Ideas
  14. 14. Art
  15. 15. Drama
  16. 16. Biography
  17. 17. Shakespeare
  18. 18. Primary Sources
  19. 19. Our Founding Fathers Guides
  20. 20. Underground Railroad
  21. 21. Tragedy of War
  22. 22. Tragedy of War
  23. 23. Holocaust
  24. 24. Holocaust
  25. 25. Holocaust
  26. 26. Holocaust
  27. 27. Japanese Internment Camps
  28. 28. Math
  29. 29. Math/Biography
  30. 30. Science/Technology
  31. 31. Science/Social Studies
  32. 32. Themes Link Lin k
  33. 33. Social Issues
  34. 34. Classic Tales
  35. 35. Graphic Novels
  36. 36. Graphic Novels
  37. 37. Conclusion So-called simple books are less simple than they seem Effective method of introducing complex strategies Once the reader learns to unlock their subtleties, picture books can be enjoyed by readers of all ages
  38. 38. Resources Ammon, B.D. & Sherman, G.W. (1996). Worth a thousand words: An annotated guide to picture books for older readers. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited. Bloem, P.L. (2001). “Research to practice: Bring adult books to adult literacy classrooms.” Ohio Literacy Resource Center. Retrieved March 28, 2003. Huck, C. & Kiefer, B.Z. (2004). Children’s literature in the elementary school . (8th ed.). Boston: McGraw Hill. Hurst, C. (1997). “ Picture books in the classroom, Pre K – 9.” Carol Hurst’s Children’s Literature Newsletter, 2, (1), 2. Retrieved March 28, 2003. Leiper, A. (2001). “Foreign language picture books in the secondary school library .” Book Report, 20, (2), 16. Retrieved from EBSCO Host April 2, 2003. Nodelman, P. & Reimer, M. (2003). The pleasure of children’s literature. Boston: Allyn & Bacon. Smallwood, B.A. (1992). “Children’s literature for adult ESL literacy. ERIC digest.” National Clearinghouse on Literacy Education . Retrieved March 28, 2003. Young, B. “Children’s literature in the middle & secondary classroom.” Dakota Writing Project. Retrieved March 28, 2003.