Learning Context: Students in the fifth grade are studying Caldecott Award winning books. This lesson is the culminating activity in a six-week unit on the award. Prior to this students were introduced to a variety of picture books published in the year 2003, which were eligible to win the 2004 award. During this lesson students will be introduced to the winner and honor titles of the 2004 Caldecott Award.
Content: Students will recall criteria necessary for books to be considered for the award. They will then be introduced to the Caldecott winner, The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein. They will understand that this story is a true story and they will understand why this title earned the Caldecott award.
Process: During teacher led discussion students will recall the criteria for eligibility for the Caldecott. They will also recall which aspect of the book the award is given for (the pictures). The teacher will introduce the book The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, as the 2004 Caldecott winner. During the reading students will discover how Philippe Petite performed this death-defying feat. They will understand that the story is compacted to make it more interesting, and it actually took Philippe six years to plan and execute this feat. After the reading, students will discuss why they think this book won the award. During the discussion and/or reading, selected photos from the book To Reach The Clouds by Philippe Petite will be shown as primary sources.
Pre- Assessment: Students will recall prior knowledge of the Caldecott Award, and what it is given for.
Post- Assessment: Students will discuss why they think this particular title won the 2004 award.
New York State Learning Standards Used:
o English Language Arts Standard 1: Language for information and understanding.
Students will read, write, listen, and speak for information and understanding. As listeners and readers, students will collect data, facts, and ideas, discover relationships, concepts, and generalizations; and use knowledge generated from oral, written, and electronically produced texts. As speakers and writers, they will use oral and written language to acquire, interpret, apply, and transmit information.
o English Language Arts Standard 2: Language for literary response and expression.
Students will read, write, listen, and speak for literary response and expression. Students will read and listen to oral, written and electronically produced texts and performances, relate texts and performances to their own lives, and develop an understanding of the diverse social, historical, and cultural dimensions the texts and performances represent. As speakers and writers, students will use oral and written language for self-expression and artistic creation.
o English Language Arts Standard 4: Language for Social Interaction
Students will listen, speak, read and write for social interaction. Students will use oral and written language for effective social communication with a wide variety of people. As readers and listeners, they will use the social communications of others to enrich their understanding of people and their views.