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Favorite Picture Books for Literary Elements

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Please share your favorites here! I'm teaching a 30 minute class for 2nd-3rd graders. I plan to introduce them to ideas such as setting, conflict, theme, and maybe some figurative language.


I hope to make the class a lot of fun by dressing up as a detective the first day and tell them we will "investigate" books for their hidden clues. 



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I did a class like this last year for my co-op and used mostly fractured fairy tales. I would read/tell a simplified version of the "classic" story and then we would read a fractured fairy tale version and talk about what literary element(s) were changed/different in the "fractured" version.

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I heard a podcast episode where Adam Andrews from Teaching the Classics said they use A Bargain For Frances to introduce literary analysis in their classes. It's a pretty great book for conflict and resolution!


I'd also try Seven Silly Eaters... fun, evocative poem with plenty of silly.


ETA: The Toot and Puddle books by Hollie Hobbie have a lot of depth to them.

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