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Picture Books to use in High School Lessons

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Why Are Picture Books Important in Secondary Education?

Helps develop skills for Figure 19 of STAAR

Aids in Expository Writing

Supports specific knowledge in Science and Social Studies TEKS

Supports Early Childhood Education training (i.e. Ready, Set, Teach)

For use with Functional Skills students

For increased comprehension skills with ESL students



Great Websites that Promote the use of Picture Books in the Secondary Classroom


http://hspicturebooks.blogspot.com     This one is my favorite!






This table pulls titles and lessons from the websites above for a quick at-a-glance view.





A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant  Overcoming Obstacles, 



Knit Your Bit by Deborah Hopkinson  Social Studies-WWI, Community Involvement  Teach students to crochet or knit.  Donate to needy cause such as cancer patients.  http://hspicturebooks.blogspot.com/search/label/history 
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett  Community Involvement, Making Predictions (Caldecott Honor Book) Teach students to crochet or knit.  Donate to needy cause such as cancer patients.  
Hamster Champs by Stuart Murphy Math-angles, Making Predictions Simulate the hamsters car jumps with a protractor and a toy car
Crankee Doodle by Tom Angleberger  Social Studies-Yankee Doodle 



Flotsam by David Wiesner  Wordless, Inference (Caldecott Award)




Emily's Art by Peter Catalanotto  Art  
Dolley Madison Saves George Washington by Don Brown Social Studies





 Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel

Social Studies-Labor Unions in the late 1800's

Artwork-watercolor, gouache, and mixed media 




A Boy Called Dickens by Deborah Hopkins  ELA-Victorian England, Child Labor, Debtors' Prison,  



Hot Diggity Dog The History of the Hot Dog by Adrienne Sylver  Expository Writing 





Hoop Genius How a Desperate Teacher And A Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball by Joh Coy Basketball, Cause and Effect, 






The Dark by Lemony Snicket


Artwork-Gouache and Digital

Barnum's Bones  How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World by Tracey Fern  Science, T-Rex, 



The Art of Miss Chew by Patricia Polacco Art, Learning disabilities, Making predictions 



Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich  Poetry,  Monsters  
Follow Follow by Marilyn Singer Point of View, Fairy Tales, Reversos  
Bluebird by Bob Staake  Wordless, Friendship, Bullying, Making predictions, Inference   
The Boy Who Loved Words by Roni Schotter Alliteration,Synonyms, Antonyms  
Hanging Off Jefferson's Nose Growing Up On Mount Rushmore by Tina Nichols Coury Expository, National Parks 





Frankenstein A Monstrous Parody by Ludworst Bemonster  Parody 


Parody of Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans 

Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds Science, Carnivores, Humor



Chopsticks by Amy Krouse Rosenthal Personification, Figurative Language, Inference https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtnCkUrfjw8
Helen's Big World The Life of Helen Keller by Doreen Rapport  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUV65sV8nu0  (Very emotional scene that insensitive students might not handle well...but poignant.)




Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal  Punctuation, Personification   
Henry and the Cannons by Don Brown  Social Studies-American Revolution, Difficulties of war, determination 


Map the route the Cannons took. 

Bird by Zetta Elliott  Art, Drug Addiction, Death, Tone   
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson  Kindness, Friendship, (Coretta Scott King Award)   
Bully by Laura Vaccaro Seeger Bullying  
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce Personification, Figurative Language, Prediction, Hurricane Katrina, Wizard of Oz, Silent Movies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VljJIQuPDSE
Infinity and Me by Kate Hosford  Math, Concept of Infinity 

Ask students what infinity means to them.



Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems  Persuasion, Ethos, Pathos and Logos





Jack's Path of Courage:The Life of John F. Kennedy by Doreen Rappaport Courage, Social Studies



Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds Making predictions, Cause and Effect, Compare and Contrast (to old horror movies), Art/Illustration



Crankenstein by Samantha Berger Moodiness https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYd3cgMcas8
Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka Character, Point of View

Use Elmo to project as you read for full detail.  

Have students apply this book technique to a chapter of a classic book.




The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt Character, Persuasion



Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown Point of View, Tone



For Liberty The Story of the Boston Massacre by Timothy Decker Social Studies, American Revolution, 




Anne Frank's Chestnut Tree by Jane Kohuth Social Studies, World War II, Holocaust, Comparison, Symbolism



Actual Size by Steve Jenkins  Science 

Draw an animal such as a blue whale on the sidewalk with chalk to help them with the concept of its length.  





Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott  Humor   
The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns Math, shapes Have students use their device or cameras to take photos of shapes in the real world  
Henry's Freedom Box A True Story of the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine Social Studies-Slavery, Underground Railroad, Black History


Find a box or tape off an area on the floor to give students a sense of the dimensions of Henry's box

Freedom on the Menu The Greensboro Sit-Ins by Carole Boston Weatherford Social Studies-Civil Rights, Sit-ins, Black History




Harlem's Little Blackbird The Story of Florence Mills by Renee Watson Social Studies-Harlem Renaissance, Black History



I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen Sequence of Events, Inference  
A Dance Like Starlight One Ballerina's Dream by Kristy Dempsey Determination, Dreams, Black History, Fine Arts




The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco Special Needs, Determination, Dreams http://www.ingramcontent.com/Teacher%20Guides/PATRICIA%20POLACCO%20ED%20GUIDE-revise.pdf
Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles  Social Studies-Black History, Civil Rights  http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/civil-rights-act/videos/civil-rights-act-of-1964 
14 Cows For America by Carmen Agra Deedy  Geography, Culture, Kenya, 9/11, Perspective   http://www.14cowsforamerica.com/
Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow by Joyce Sidman  Science and Nature poetry including specific nature vocabulary.  Scratchboard Illustrations   
I Have A Dream Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson Social Studies, Civil Rights, Black History, March on Washington, Metaphor, Figurative Language, Persuasion,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smEqnnklfYs

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