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Students utilize children's literature and maps to explore reasons for past and present settlement. They give various reasons people in the past or present have chosen to settle and live in different regions of the United States. Complete a map that races a migration route of a pioneer family by using information from historical records.
Primary learners explore elements of wonder in The Nursery "Alice" by Lewis Carroll. They analyze the plot point after listening to the text. Next, they describe the imagery in various works of children's literature using the given links and worksheets. To finish, pupils use the work of published illustrators and authors as inspiration for their own fantastic creatures.
students examine three local public arts portraits of Lucy Stone. They study her role in the women's rights movement through comparative readings, Internet research, and children's literature. In addition, they gather and organize information for their own written portraits of this passionate reformer
Students use literature to examine how the structure of families in Mexico has changed over time. In groups, they examine how their life now relates to their ancestors and the Spanish conquest of the area. As a class, they are read various books told my a puppet and answer comprehension questions.
Students study the basic techniques Jacob Lawrence used in creating a series of paintings. They realize the importance of individual accomplishment within their own family, things as ordinary as preparing for a picnic or going to work each day. The gather information on some area of accomplishment within their family and write a narrative based on the information their research yields.
Learners participate in the creation of and exploration of a "path" or "course" based on one or more selections of children's literature. As they create the course, children acquire and use vocabulary linked to the literary selection(s) by naming items in common categories.
Groups of high school learners conduct research on a particular era of African-American history, focusing on events, people, and places important to that era. Next, they review children's literature in four different genres. As a culminating activity, group members combine what they have learned in their research and readings to create their own piece of children's literature based on African-American history.
Examine situations from children's literature to look at responsibility and connections between people. Listeners hear The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning and participate in a mock trial to determine who is responsible for the children's disappearance. They complete three more similar activities with different pieces of literature (The Biggest Bear, Wrinkle in Time, and Fantastic Mr. Fox).