I'm still trying to develop strategies and create lesson plans that really teach the new Common Core Standards. Sometimes I read a standard and think, "What else can I do to teach this???" or "What in the world does that mean???" One of these standards is:
RL.2.7 Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
After deconstructing this standard, I decided to focus on the first part- Use information gained from illustrations to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot. At first I thought that this was something I teach with every picture book. However, I researched the standard a bit more from the "Common Core Lesson Book K-5" from Heinemann.
This is a very useful resource for teaching ELA Common Core. There's also a Common Core Writing Lesson Book available. The author gives strategies that deepen understanding of illustrations. It goes beyond the usual questions teachers may ask about illustrations. I created an "Analyzing Illustrations Set" which includes two anchor charts, questions for a Book Cover Study, a quick independent activity, and a suggested book list. Click HERE to grab this FREEBIE.
Lastly, I'd like to post this picture of my beautiful baby pup, Lucy. She was a one-of-a-kind dog. I'll always love her!