If you aren’t familiar with Peter Reynold’s “The Dot”, I would highly recommend you pick up a copy and check it out . . . it’s one of my favorites! At the beginning of the year, I try to immerse my students in amazing pictures books as we start the process of “digging deeper” into what we read–from the very first day of school. This year, as I have for the past 4 or 5 years, I read “The Dot” to my students on the first day of school and we worked to generate a list of what lessons or “big ideas” we thought Peter Reynolds had in mind when writing the book. I was super impressed with how well my students did in their first “literary discussion”!
I took their ideas and went home and typed them all up . . .