Patricia Polacco

After you have completed your readings and reflected on the meaning of developmental appropriateness in children’s literature and best-practice instruction, study an author/illustrator of your choice, chosen from the list provided below. Read several texts by the author and consider the themes, messages, language, tone, and voice through the different texts. Thinking about the ways in which the texts of one author could be used to teach an idea, skill, or topic to students, develop two lesson plans involving the grade/skill level and subject area of your choice. Clearly implement what you discover from your readings regarding supporting students at different developmental levels into your lesson plans.

Be sure to incorporate the following within each of your lesson plans:

  • The instructional materials to be used in the lesson
  • The instructional procedure
  • The specific intended learning outcomes
  • The assessments to be used and the timeline for their use.
  • Information and strategies that you could provide for families as they support their child’s literary acquisition and development
  • Possible extensions using online resources for young children

Kwame Alexander

Molly Bang

Mac Barnett

Jan Bret

Margaret Wise Brown

Eric Carle

Joy Cowley

Donald Crews

Tommie de Paola

Kate Di Camilo

Dr. Seuss

Denise Fleming

Niki Giovanni

Kevin Henkes

Oliver Jeffers

Crokett Johnson

Keiko Kasza

Ezra Jack Keats

Jeff Kinney

David Kirk

Leo Lionni

Bill Martin, Jr.

Brad Meltzer

Robert Munsch

Laura Joffe Numeroff

Mary Pop Osborne

Todd Parr

Patricia Polacco

Peter Reynolds

Miriam Schlein

Jon Scieszka

Judith Viorst

Maurice Sendak

Shel Silverstein

Raina Telgemeier

Jacqueline Woodson

Audrey Wood

Don Wood

Mo Willems

Sue Williams

Length: Minimum of 2 pages for each of the 2 lesson plans for a total of 4 pages, excluding title and reference pages

References: Cite the books themselves and include a minimum of two peer-reviewed sources for each lesson plan.