Author Study: Chris Van Allsburg

Fall 2013
1:00 – 2:00
Instructor: Melanie Robinson

Come discover eight works by Chris Van Allsburg. We will be reading: Jumanji, Zathura, Ben’s Dream, The Widow’s Broom, The Wreck of the Zephyr, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, The Sweetest Fig, and The Polar Express. Through these books we will discuss basic literary concepts, such as plot, character, setting, point of view, use of imagery, metaphor, and word choice. We will also explore different literary genres. Each session will consist of a read-aloud, discussion and project. There will also be a culminating project that will be presented on the last day.

Designed for children approximately ages 6 and up and/or children who can:

  • listen quietly and participate in a discussion
  • follow directions
  • work in a pair or a small group

Materials fee = $10-$15 (exact amount to be determined)

Needed: 1 assistant teacher, 1 helper from the clean-up committee during the last 5 minutes of class.