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Picture Book Ladder

Page history last edited by Teri Lesesne 12 years, 7 months ago

Picture books are ideal begining places for reading ladders. They are short (most are 32 pages long), use illustrations for scaffolding comprehension (similar to graphic novels), and can be read aloud in a short time. In addition, picture books are an ideal place to introduce readers to literary concepts and terms.  Character development, plot structure (rising action, climax, falling action, denouement/resolution), theme, mood, and tone are generally simpler to grasp as picture books make abstract concepts more concrete through their use of illustration and simple story line.    Oryx Press has a wonderful professional resource entitled USING PICTURE BOOKS TO TEACH LITERARY DEVICES which can assist you in planning lessons using these wonderful books.  Here I  have provided you  with a couple of stepstools (short ladders you can use in a compare/contrast lesson) and ladders as well.  Stepstool #1 are picture book versions of two Langston Hughes' poems.  A search of online booksellers such as Amazon and Barnes and Nobel can net some other titles of classic works that have been made into picture books such as GOD'S TROMBONES, STOPPING BY WOODS ON A SNOWY EVENING, and BIRCHES.   Stepstool #2 compares and contrasts two variants of a traditional fairy tale, GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS.  Stepstool #3 presents two picture books that deal with story and writing in a metacognitive approach.  Finally, the reading ladders can intertwine.  Reading Ladder #1 includes some titles about segregation.  You can hop from one rung (ROSA) to the second reading ladder which contqains picture book biographies. 

 

Stepstool #1

 

          The Negro Speaks of Rivers

     My People 

 

Stepstool #2

 

     The Dumb Bunnies

The Three Bears and Goldilocks

 

Stepstool #2

 

          The Plot Chickens

     A Book

A Is for Author

 

Ladder  #1

 

                    We Are the Ship

               Boycott Blues

          A Taste of Colored Water

     Rosa

 

Ladder #2

 

                    Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude (Gertrude Stein)

               Eleanor, Quiet No More (Eleanor Roosevelt)

          Mermaid Queen (Annette Kellerman)

     Mozart the Wonder Child

Nothing but Trouble (Althea Gibson)

 

 

Copyright 2010 Teri S. Lesesne

 

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