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I had DP on my wish list to help me better discuss the books we read with my children. But, after reading some comments and reviews, I am not sure that this is what I'm looking for. Is there another book that teaches parents how to discuss literature with their kids?

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I thought Deconstructing Penguins was great! It has really helped me ask thoughtful questions about literature with my students and lead in-depth discussions. Maybe you could check to see if your local library has it?


Edited to add:

I've used this book primarily with older students I have taught (grades 3-8), although it is helpful even with my Ker.

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Maybe Classics in the Classroom by Michael Clay Thompson. These are the two I was trying to decide between and after a post a few days ago, I decided I'm going to purchase the Classics in the Classroom one instead. Here is a link to that discussion in case you haven't seen it:


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Specific Literary Element Resources:


- Story Elements series (by grade level) = http://www.rainbowresource.com'>http://www.rainbowresource.com'>http://www.rainbowresource.com'>http://www.rainbowresource.com'>http://www.rainbowresource.com'>http://www.rainbowresource.com'>http://www.rainbowresource.com'>http://www.rainbowresource.com'>http://www.rainbowresource.com'>http://www.rainbowresource.com

- Teaching Story Elements with Favorite Books (by Ellen Tarlow) = http://www.rainbowresource.com

- Using Picture Story Books to Teach Literary Devices (by Susan Hall) = http://www.amazon.com/Using-Picture-Story-Literary-Devices/dp/1591584930/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1231372330&sr=8-1

- The Grammar of Poetry (by Matt Whitling) (for gr. 5-8)= http://www.amazon.com/Imitation-Writing-Grammar-Poetry-Materials/dp/B000WFS4MO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1232759020&sr=1-1

- Figuratively Speaking (for gr. 5-8) -- http://www.rainbowresource.com

- Prose & Poetry (Walch Toolbox) (for gr. 6-9) -- http://www.rainbowresource.com



Programs for Teaching/Incorporating Literary Discussions:


- Drawn Into The Heart of Reading = http://www.heartofdakota.com/drawn-into.php

- Christian Light Education (CLE) Reading (by grade level, gr. 4 and up) = http://www.clp.org/store/browse/240

- Classics in the Classroom = http://www.rfwp.com/2206.htm

- Teaching the Classics = http://www.centerforlit.com/ttc.htm

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