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Update a Little Golden Book

Students will brainstorm ideas about how to update a Little Golden Book for today's audiences. Working in a large group or with a partner, they will rewrite the text and redraw illustrations. They will use Venn Diagrams to compare and contrast their finished product to classmates' revisions and the original story.

PROCESS:

  1. Prior to conducting this activity, collect a variety of Little Golden Books for students to view.
  2. Have students select and read a Little Golden Book. As they read, instruct students to look for information in the text or illustrations that "dates" the book, or shows that it was written for or during a certain time period.
  3. Have students brainstorm ideas about how they could update the book for today's audience. Then give them time to rewrite the book. As an added challenge, encourage them to also update the illustrations.

ASSESSMENT: 

Create a Venn Diagram. Have students compare and contrast the original book to the revision, as outlined in the customized grade-level lessons below. Challenge students to identify key differences in the story and illustrations. 

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:    

Grades 3-4:
As a class, select one Little Golden Book. Read the book as a class. Then brainstorm ideas about how it could be updated for today's audience. Divide the class in half. Instruct each half to update the story and illustrations as they best see fit. Create Venn Diagrams to compare the two versions to each other as well as to the original text. 

Grades 5-6:
As a class, select two Little Golden Books. Then divide the class in half. Assign one book to each group. Instruct groups to read their books and brainstorm ideas about how the books and illustrations could be updated for today's audience. Then give groups time to rewrite their stories and draw new, modern illustrations for the book. Use Venn Diagrams to compare each revision to the original version of the story. 

Grades 7-8: 
Divide the class into groups of four. Have each group select one Little Golden Book. Then have the groups split into pairs. Instruct partners to read their books and brainstorm ideas about how the books and illustrations could be updated for today's audience. Then give partners time to rewrite their stories and draw at least two new, modern illustrations for the book. Once all pairs are finished, have groups reunite. Instruct them to use Venn Diagrams to compare their rewrites to each other and to the original story. 

Grades 9-10:
Provide multiple copies of a select number of Little Golden Books. Divide the class into pairs. Have partners select one Little Golden Book. Instruct them to read the book and brainstorm ideas about how the text and illustrations could be updated for today's audience. Then give them time to rewrite their stories and draw at least two new, modern illustrations for the book. Once all pairs are finished, instruct pairs that rewrote the same book to join together. Tell them to use Venn Diagrams to compare and contrast how each team updated the book. Post the completed diagrams. As a class, identify the most common revisions students made to the Little Golden Books.