Pamela Allen Lesson Plan

Instructor: Suzanne Rose

Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.

The children's books of award-winning author, Pamela Allen, are explored by students as they participate in the activities included in this lesson plan. Activities include examining illustrations and writing traits, and adapting one of Pamela Allen's books into a skit for young children.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • analyze the writing style and illustrations of Pamela Allen
  • verbalize information about Pamela Allen's life and career
  • transform a picture book into a short skit

Length

60 minutes for the main lesson

Time on subsequent days to practice skits

Time to present skits to younger students

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.5

Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.

Materials Needed

  • Assortment of Pamela Allen books:
    • Simon Says
    • Mr. Archimedes' Bath
    • Bertie and the Bear
    • Fancy That!
    • I Wish I Had a Pirate Suit
    • A Lion in the Night
    • Who Sank the Boat?
  • Photograph of Pamela Allen
  • Photograph of Sydney Opera House
  • Video of a Patch Theatre Company skit
  • Projector or SMART Board
  • Internet Access
  • Video recorder (for extension)

Instructions

  • Introduce the students to author Pamela Allen by showing an assortment of her books. Without showing the covers, show them illustrations from several books and ask if they notice any similarities.
  • Show a photograph of Pamela Allen, either printed or displayed from an online source.
  • Display the lesson, Pamela Allen: Biography & Books using a projector or SMART Board.
  • Ask a student to read aloud the first section, 'Background,' and have another student read aloud the second section, 'Literary Career.'
  • Discuss these sections with the class, using questions such as:
    • Where was Pamela Allen born?
    • What is her educational background?
    • Where does she live now?
    • Name one of Pamela Allen's most famous books. What is it about?
    • What evidence from the lesson showed that her books are very popular?
  • Return to the displayed lesson and ask a student to read aloud the section called, 'Awards.'
  • Discuss this section with the students by asking questions, such as:
    • What are some awards that Pamela Allen has received?
    • What is special about the fact that she won the Australian CBC Picture Book of the Year Award twice?
    • What is New Zealand's most distinguished prize for Children's Literature? For what book did Pamela Allen win this award?
  • Read the final sections of the lesson aloud to the class. As you name her books, show them to the students and pass them around so the students can look through them.
  • Show the students a photograph of the Sydney Opera House, which is a highlighted vocabulary term for this lesson.
  • Display the web page for the Patch Theater Company and discuss how they are connected to Pamela Allen and her stories.
  • To check for understanding, display the Pamela Allen: Biography & Books Quiz using a projector or SMART Board. Ask the students to respond to each question individually, then discuss each correct response.

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