Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan

Recommended Grades: 5-8

What if the rules of summer feel completely arbitrary? What if your older brother is the only one who gets to make them up all summer long?

Lesson Idea:


Mentor Text: Making Inferences: Read aloud Rules of Summer and ask students what they notice. Read aloud the text again and ask if students notice anything different. Read aloud several times to guide students to make inferences about the meaning behind the story. What are the rules of summer really all about?

 

 

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Chester’s Way by Kevin Henkes

Recommended Grades: 3-5

Chester had his own way of doing things.  Chester’s best friend Wilson was exactly the same way.  That’s why they were best friends.  And then Lilly moved into the neighborhood…

Lesson Idea:  


Making Connections:   Read aloud Chester’s Way and discuss the text-to-self connections that you can make to the book.  This is a great model text for making connections.  Chester’s Way is also a great model text to make text-to-text connections.  There are several other Henkes books that have the same characters  that make great model texts.

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The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg

Recommended Grades: 2-6

In the introduction, we learn that Chris Van Allsburg saw the drawings in this book at the home of Peter Wenders.  Wenders once worked for a children’s book publisher.  Thirty years ago, a man called Mr. Wender’s office, introducing himself as Harris Burdick and leaving 14 drawings with a title and caption for each one.  Burdick promised to return the next day with the stories he had written to go with each picture.  Mr. Burdick was never heard from again. . .

Lesson Idea:

Comprehension Strategies:


Making Inferences: Read aloud The Mysteries of Harris Burdick as part of a unit on making inferences.  Provide students with a picture and ask them to infer what is happening in the picture.  Use this book after modeling and making inferences with other books.     

Six Traits

Idea Development: After reading aloud The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, have students choose a picture from the book and using the first line that is written, continue the story.  How do they envision the story?


Note: Recently many popular children’s authors came together and wrote stories based on these pictures in The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales / With an Introduction by Lemony Snicket.  After students write their own stories based on the pictures, share some of the author’s ideas and how they envisioned the story. 

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Tuesday by David Wiesner

Recommended Grades: 3-5

A nearly wordless picture book depicting how frogs behave one Tuesday night. 

Lesson Idea:

Comprehension Strategies


Making Inferences: Read aloud the first half of Tuesday.  As you read aloud, model how to make inferences by inferring what the frogs are doing on this Tuesday night. Explain what an inference is and how they help us understand what we read.   Create a t-chart that has two columns (What the picture shows/Inference).  As you read aloud, model how to fill out the t-chart.  After reading aloud the first half, provide an opportunity for students to work with partners to complete the second half with a t-chart.

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Blackout by John Rocco

Recommended Grades: 4-6

It was a normal summer night in the city. . . hot, noisy, busy.  Then the lights went out. The story of one family and what they do when the lights go out. 

Lesson Idea:


Making Inferences: Read aloud Blackoutand model for students how the pictures tell as much of the story as the text does (maybe more).  Model how to make inferences using the pictures as clues (Why might the lights have gone out? Why does the family continue to keep the lights out even when they are back on?)

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