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Hello, Harvest Moon~Figurative Language with Picture Books

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Karla McArthur

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Transcript of Hello, Harvest Moon~Figurative Language with Picture Books

Hello, Harvest Moon
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Figurative Language with Picture Books

The Project
The Books
The Plan
I collaborated with Amy McAfee, to teach a lesson on identifying and illustrating figurative language by using picture books. We do this lesson each year, but the process varies. This year, we used five different children's books containing lush illustrations and rich figurative language. This allows the students to better visualize the the language and to create their own illustrations.
The Books
1. Hello, Harvest Moon by Ralph Fletcher
2. Night in the Country by Cynthia Rylant
3. The Seashore Book by Charlotte Zolotow
4. Twilight Comes Twice by Ralph Fletcher
5. Next Time You See a Sunset by Emily Morgan

The Process
Hello, Harvest Moon
This beautifully illustrated book about life on a farm personifies the harvest moon. With a girl, a lazy cat, and the night sky, the figurative language in this book comes alive.
The Seashore Book
Zolotow's poem is about a little boy who has never seen the sea and asks his mother to describe it. This book is full of figurative language, vivid imagery, and gorgeous illustrations.
Twilight Comes Twice
Another book by Ralph Fletcher, I have used this book many times to teach personification. It is a free verse text that describes the transition from day to night.
Night in the Country
This book, about how dark a night in the country can be, is an excellent text for illustrating onomatopoeia.
Next Time You See a Sunset
This nonfiction text takes a scientific approach to the beauty of sunsets. Author Emily Morgan connects the spinning of the earth and other scientific phenomena to this daily occurrence that we take for granted.
References
The End
Project 1.2 Collaboration Research Project
Karla McArthur / LM 612 / Fall 2014
By Ralph Fletcher
By Charlotte Zolotow
By Ralph Fletcher
By Cynthia Rylant
By Emily Morgan

Fletcher, R. (1997). Twilight comes twice. New York: Houghton Mifflin.

Fletcher, R. (2003). Hello, harvest moon. New York: Houghton Mifflin.

Morgan, E. (2013). Next time you see a sunset. Arlington: National Science Teachers Association.

Rylant, C. (1991). Night in the country. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Zolotow, C. (1994). The seashore book. New York: Harper Collins.


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