One of the lessons I did with my kids had two purposes. First, I read aloud a lot of picture books for mini-lessons. The class loves them! However, most of my students won't pick them up from our classroom library. I'm going to say it's because they're always reading novels that they don't want to part from (which is very true), but it's also because I don't give them many opportunities to peruse these fabulous picture books. Thus, Goal #1: get kids looking at my ever-growing picture book collection. Goal #2: Identify the conflict in the story, cite evidence from the text to support your claim (is my language impressing you yet? We really have gone no-holds-bar Common Core, baby!), identify the key players (main characters) in the book and describe their relationship with the conflict. Also, describe each side of the conflict and tell/explain how it was solved.
Let's look at some action shots of this lesson:
One of our favorite books, I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen, was snatched up fast for this project. Find his book here: I Want My Hat Back
Baloney is another great picture book that can be used for many things (context clues, conflict, setting, etc.). These two got a kick out of it's nonsensical words.
Find this book here: Baloney
These two kids picked Eats, Shoots and Leaves. I wasn't sure they would be able to pull it off for conflict, but they did! What a great way to stretch thinking!
Find this book here: Eats, Shoots and Leaves: Why Commas Really Do Make a Difference
While Coretta Scott is certainly not a fictional picture book, it is beautiful nonetheless. And, what teacher could tell a kid "no" to nonfiction?!?
Find this book here: Coretta Scott
Find this book here: Blackout
Find this book here: The Boy Who Invented TV
This was a win/win for me. The kids had some quality time reading fun, engaging picture books and they learned a little something about how author's craft their stories around conflict and the solving of it. How do you approach the subject of conflict in literature? I'd love some new ideas! Leave a comment below. :)