Picture Books To Teach Elements of Fiction
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1. Elements that may be taught beyond character, setting, plot and change:
metaphor, simile, point of view, personification, theme, tone,
alliteration, and aonomatopoeia, foreshadowing
2. Professional sources
Using Picture Books To Teach Literary Devices (Hall) (Oryx Press)
Teaching Story Elements With Favorite Books (Scholastic)
Worth a Thousand Words: an Annotated Guide to Picture Books for Older
Readers by Bette D. Ammon and Gale Sherman. ISBN 1-56308-390-6.
Picture Books by Ruth Calhum
Creating Writers by Vickie Spandel
3. Titles:
Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One (Duke)
Aunt Isabel Makes Trouble (Duke) (conflict)
Two Is a Team (Beim) (beginning, middle, climax, end)
Thy Friend, Obadiah (Turkle)
Make Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (Burton)
The Gang and Mrs. Higgins (Shannon) (setting)
Where the Wild Things Are (Sendak) (foreshadowing)
Character:
Alice in April - Phyllis Reynold Naylor
Annabel - Janice Boland
Grandma - Alison Dexter
I Want to Be - Thylias Moss
Julius - Angela Johnston
Miss Tizzy - Libba Moore Gray
Monster Mama - Liz Rosenberg
Nana's Birthday Party - Amy Hest
Owen - Kevin Henkes
Scooter - Vera B. Williams
Tom - Tomie dePaola
William's Ninth Life - Minna Jung
Lydia, Queen of Palestine - Uri Orlev (Gr. 4-6) Great character development
Agnes the Sheep - William TAylor
Annabelle Swift, Kindergartener - Amy Schwartz
Henry and Mudge books - Cynthia Rylant
Plot:
Doctor De Soto - William Steig
Three Billy Goats Gruff - Janet Stevens
Little Tricker the Squirrel Meets Big Double the Bear - Barry Moser
Cow That Wouldn't Come Down - Paul Brett Johnson
Stellaluna - Janell Cannon
The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig - Eugene Trivas
Setting:
Dreamplace - George Ella Lyon
The Goodbye Walk - Joanne Ryder
Grab Hands and Run - Frances Temple
The Picnic - Ruth Brown
Lost+ACE- - David McPhail
Staying at Sam's - Jenny Hessell
When I was Young in the Mountains - Cynthia Rylant
Tone (feeling, emotion) - Cheyenne Again by Eve Bunting
Flashback/time-shift - In my own backyard by Judi Kurjian
Irony- The frog prince continued by Jon Scieszka
Personification - The Barn by Debbie Atwell
The tree that would not die by Ellen Levine
Point of View - Barefoot by Pamela Duncan Edwards
The true story of the three little pigs by Jon Scieszka
Plot - Old Jake's skirts by David Slonim
Lost Lake by Allen Say (use to show the development of parallel stories -- the backpacking trip and the relationship between
father and son)
Setting - The potato man by Megan McDonald
When I was young in the mountains by Cynthia Rylant
Conflict - Two islands by Ivan Gantschev
Conflict Resolution - The story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf