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Books and Resources for Power Lessons in Middle School and High School

PICTURE BOOKS


Some Smug Slug by Pamela Duncan Edwards alliteration

The Cowboy and the Black-eyed Pea by Tony Johnston caricature

Petunia by Roger Duvoisin irony

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig personification

Aida by Leotyne Price character, theme

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka parody, point of view

The Wretched Stone by Chris Van Allsburg metaphor, allusion

Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? by Dr. Suess onomatopoeia

The Story of Ferdinand by Leaf Munro satire; foreshadowing

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble similes; imagery

The Widow’s Broom by Chris Van Allsburg stereotype; inference

Squids Will Be Squids by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith fables

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munch irony, theme

Jabberwocky By Lewis Carroll figurative language

Oh! The Places You’ll Go! By Dr.Suess theme, alliteration

The Selfish Giant By Oscar Wilde theme

SHORT STORIES



The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry irony, theme

The Last Leaf by O. Henry plot, foreshadowing

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson cause and effect

The Open Window by Saki irony

Thank You, Ma’m by Langston Hughes theme, irony

The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell foreshadowing

The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County Hyperbole, atmosphere

By Mark Twain


The Monster Who Grew Small By Joan Grant Symbol


The Ransom of Red Chief By O. Henry Irony

The Most Dangerous Game By Richard Connell Foreshadowing
Across Five Aprils\ Shades of Gray- Social Studies (Civil War)

No Promises in the Wind- Social Studies (Depression)
ACROSS THE CURRICULUM

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg writing

Faithful Elephants by Yukio Tsuchiya social studies

Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland math


by Cindy Neuschwander (series)

The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry science
RESOURCES

Using Picture Storybooks to Teach Literary Devices by Susan Hall

Reading Renaissance Power Lessons for Grades 6-8


Worth a Thousand Words by Bette D. Ammon

Beyond Words by Benedict

Eyeopeners by Kobrin

Read All About It by Jim Trelease
MORE POWER LESSON IDEAS USING CHRIS VAN ALLSBURG BOOKS
The Wretched Stone- metaphors, fantasy, ship’s log
Two Bad Ants- Point of view, predicting, fact-fantasy
The Stranger- foreshadowing, drawing conclusions, inference, fantasy, autumn/seasons
The Sweetest Fig- cause and effect, summarizing, tone
Just A Dream- pollution, ecology
Ben’s Dream- geography
Jumanji- sequence, predicting, pun, mood, inference
The Z Was Zapped- predicting, personification, ABC order, alliteration

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick- analysis, creative writing prompts

The Widow’s Broom- characterization, conflict, plot, magic, personification
The Wreck of the Zephyr- Flashback, foreshadowing, inference, allusion

More Ideas….



Touching Spirit Bear – Ben Michaelsen – Turning Your Life Around
I’m Not Who You Think I Am – Peg Kehret – Stranger Danger
Earthquake Terror – Peg Kehret – Survival
Boy – Roald Dahl – Fiction/Non-Fiction
Just Ella – Margaret Haddix – Cinderella Extended
Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine – Cinderella Before
Hank the Cowdog (Series) – Point of View/High Interest-Lower Level
Faithful Elephants -- Yukio Tsuchiya -- War/Euthanasia
Aida -- Leontine Price -- War/Cause and Effect/Romeo and Juliette
Inch by Inch -- Leo Leonni -- Pun/Poetic Justice/Measurement
Paperbag Princess -- Irony/Theme/Poetic Justice
Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County -- Mark Twain – Hyperbole
Kirby Kelvin and the Not Laughing Lessons – Ivon Cecil -- Imagery
Pig, Pigger, Piggest – Rick Walton – Comparative/Superlative
Piggie Pie – Margie Palatini – Allusion/Alliteration
Hooway for Wodney Wat – Helen Lester

Tolerance of Differences




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