Monday, April 29, 2013

Having Fun with Common Core: The Power of Visuals

CCSS ELA Reading Informational Text #7 is all about the role visual elements play in conveying information to the reader.

Integration of Knowledge & Ideas #7


Grade 1

Grade 2

With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the text in which they appear.

Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.

Explain how specific images contribute to and clarify a text.

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Use information gained from maps, photos, and other illustrations and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding where, when, why, and how key events occur.

Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (charts, graphs, diagrams) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.

Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.

You can use almost any group of nonfiction picture books to address the goals for K-2 . But among the assortment of titles you choose, I’d like to suggest that you include some by Steve Jenkins. Jenkins images do a lot of the work in his books.

Two other books I highly recommend for early elementary students are The Day-Glo Brothers by Chris Barton (illus. Tony Persiani) and Redwoods by Jason Chin.

In The Day-Glo Brothers, the colors start out muted and build in intensity as the brothers get closer and closer to perfecting their paints. The climax spread has the brightest day-glo brothers you can imagine.

The text in Redwoods is very straightforward, so the art steals the show. Each painting shows the young reader’s imagination at work as he reads the same text we read. It’s one of the most clever books I’ve ever seen.

Next week, I’ll make some suggestions for upper elementary.

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