Washington Rose English Language Arts-November 2012
Response to Teacher Questions
How do you monitor and assess students during the reading block?
What are some examples of books that elicit higher order/critical thinking?
Books that Disrupt the Commonplace and Provide Multiple Viewpoints
Disruption of the common place is one of the four dimensions of critical literacy and the texts below help to facilitate this. Engageny.org also provides texts and lessons which build critical thought.
Close reading of the text where students critically analyze and discuss the text brings about this critical thought. Take a look at the titles below.
CLICK, CLACK, MOOO: Cows That Type -Humorous picture books about cows negotiating with a farmer. Illustrates the power of organized labor in negotiation process.
Life Doesn't Frighten Me-Separating the pictures from the words provide two distinct perspectives. Jean Michel Basquiat's hard pictures paints a more frightening voice than that of Maya Angelou's words which are more whimsical and unconcerned.
The Three Pigs- David Wiesner has the pigs sneezed off the page of their story an blown into several other fairy tales.
Varied Perspectives on Immigration (Grades 4 and 5)
Esperanza Rising-Mexican immigrants in a California labor camp
A Step from Heaven-Korean immigrants who thought of America as "heaven"
The Other Side of Truth-Nigerians smuggled to London after the murder of a parent
Habibi-An Arab-American family relocating to Jerusalem
Goodbye, Vietnam- Vietnamese remembering life in Vietnam during the war