Children’s Books: Evaluation/Analysis
Objectives: To understand the creative process and elements included in successful picture books.To discuss and understand current trends in children’s literature. Analysis and evaluation of picture book composition.
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1. Initiation - Discussion: What is your favorite children’s book or What is a memorable book from your childhood? Why?
2. Read Aloud: Where the Wild Things are by Maurice Sendak, 1963.
3. Discussion of book--using analysis worksheet as a guide for the discussion.
Additional questions: What about the book is engaging to children?
Would you consider this to be a controversial book?
4. Transition to activity: You will be rotating through stations and reviewing children’s books. The books at each station share a commonality and with your group, you’ll need to determine what that is. Review the books--you won’t need to read them in their entirety. Skim, make observations. Pay attention to the following: themes, lessons, topics, authors, etc. You will have three minutes at each station. Jot down a few notes on the graphic organizer. We will discuss your findings when we reconvene.
5. Share out: What commonalities did you notice at the stations?
6. Group project introduction: Now that you’ve viewed many picture books, you need to choose one book with your group to read aloud and analyze. There’s additional books as well that were not included in the stations so feel free to look at those. If there’s a book your group would like to analyze and it isn’t here, please let Mrs. Hulse or Mr. Musco know. We may have it in our library.
Embedding/Blending Quotations and MLA Citation (updated 9-2018)
Objective: To understand how to effectively embed/blend quotations into literary analysis, to use MLA Style 8 in formal essays and papers.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
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Paraphrasing Mini Lesson (1-2018, V. Hulse)
Information literacy topics covered
1. Explain objective: To understand what paraphrasing is, explain the importance of this skill, recognize what paraphrasing is and how this skill helps you avoid plagiarizing information and ideas. Take notes by paraphrasing what you read.
3. Practice: Students practice paraphrasing using a gradual release model (I do, we do, you do)
Hand out worksheet to students
Re-read one sentence at a time and put in own words
Have students write the paraphrase on back side of paper with you.
4. Wrap Up Discussion: How will paraphrasing help you with taking notes?