Discussing and Identifying Themes: What Makes a Good Children’s Book?

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Working in small groups, scholars look closely at a children's book to evaluate narrative techniques. Next, they complete a Children's Book Scavenger Hunt worksheet to analyze the literary elements of their selected stories. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • List popular children's stories or movies and ask learners to identify their themes
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson two from the 12-part Grade 7 ELA Module 3, Unit 3 series
  • Order matters
  • Requires 10–15 children's books, ideally one book for every two students
Pros
  • Offers strategies for lesson differentiation 
  • Includes sentence stems to encourage productive small-group discussions
Cons
  • None