Monday, September 17, 2012
Module 3: Black and White
APA Reference of Book:
Macaulay, D. (1990). Black and white. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Co.
The illustrations tell the story. Much like Brian Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret the text seems to accompany the pictures rather than the illustrations merely decorating the text. The key to finding the connection between all four plotlines lies in the title itself. With strategically placed clues, a black mask, a curious squirrel, a newspaper hidden in a bag, David Macauley illustrates four comedic stories about imagination and exploration. Each storyline utilizes a unique style to set it apart and contribute to its tone. When combined, the result is a fast-paced, tightly-woven narrative.
Burns, M. M. (1990). Black and white [Review of the book Black and white]. Horn Book Magazine, 66(5), 593-594.
This text lends itself very well to lessons on predictions and inferences. Students can view the first page, and stop to make predictions based on the inferences they draw for each of the four story titles, "Seeing Things," "A Waiting Game," "Problem Parents," and "Udder Chaos." Following a brief discussion of using clues to "read between the lines" of the text, they can stop to periodically check their initial predictions and modify them based on new clues they find in the text.