RESOURCES FOR CLASSROOM IDEAS
Making Writing Real with the Use of Picture Books by Alyson Beecher offers some concrete suggestions for using picture books in multiple ways to enhance instruction.
Kim McCollum-Clark, who is a teacher of future English teachers, is very aware of the time constraints on teachers. She advises teachers to consider using these powerful texts since "...with picture books, you can read the entire work aloud, model the focus you want students to concentrate on, let them explore the craft, have the discussion, and even try it out in their own writing- all in one period!"
Teachers can use picture books as:
mentor texts for craft and genre study
an introduction to complex themes and issues
texts for close literary analysis
a way into critical literacy
Teach with Picture Books blog by Keith Schoch is another must-read. Keith is an educator, presenter, and advocate for reading. Teachers will find resources and recommendations for using picture books with upper elementary and secondary students.
Some of Keith’s many topics include using picture books to teach:
In the Reading section of the Literacy Today website you will find more classroom ideas for teaching including reading strategies with illustrated picture books and using illustrated texts with older readers.
You can also find ideas for using picture books as inspiration for student writing in the Writing section of this website.