Who Was Walt Disney? Book Club Focused on Illustrations in Chapter Books

Who Was Walt Disney? Book Club Focused on Illustrations in Chapter Books

Introduce students to the lesser known side of the man who created the Happiest Place on Earth, Walt Disney. From humble beginnings growing up on a farm, to his career that began as an amateur animator, one thing that remained constant for Walt was his love of family. In addition to the personal details, this biography also contains amazing illustrations and secondary articles that add to the reader’s understanding of Walt’s life; making this text a perfect choice for a Book Club focused on exploring visual features.
  • Included in this resource
  • Lesson plans for 4 book club meetings focused on Illustrations in Chapter Books
  • Chapter by chapter discussion questions and key vocabulary
  • Book Club calendar
  • Conversation prompts
  • Student self-evaluations forms
  • Reading response board
  • Culminating activity
  • Instructional focus assessment, answer key, and rubric
  • Note: This set of instructional resources is for use with the book Who Was Walt Disney? by Whitney Stewart. A copy of the book is not included in this set of resources.
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Introduce students to the lesser known side of the man who created the Happiest Place on Earth, Walt Disney. From humble beginnings growing up on a farm, to his career that began as an amateur animator, one thing that remained constant for Walt was his love of family. In addition to the personal details, this biography also contains amazing illustrations and secondary articles that add to the reader’s understanding of Walt’s life; making this text a perfect choice for a Book Club focused on exploring visual features.
  • Included in this resource
  • Lesson plans for 4 book club meetings focused on Illustrations in Chapter Books
  • Chapter by chapter discussion questions and key vocabulary
  • Book Club calendar
  • Conversation prompts
  • Student self-evaluations forms
  • Reading response board
  • Culminating activity
  • Instructional focus assessment, answer key, and rubric
  • This set of instructional resources is for use with the book Who Was Walt Disney? by Whitney Stewart. A copy of the book is not included in this set of resources.
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Book Club resources

The management resources include a Book Club Calendar, conversation prompts, Student Self-Evaluation forms, Reading Response Board (with optional Common Core alignment), and an Expectations for Book Club anchor chart.

The instructional overview includes instructional background for visual features in a text, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to host the Who Was Walt Disney? Book Club.

Focus student attention on the things that a reader can learn by attending to illustrations and photographs by browsing through copies of National Geographic magazine. Use this discussion as a springboard for the importance of attending to the visual elements in a text like Whitney Stewart's Who Was Walt Disney?

Author Whitney Stewart incorporated an abundance of illustrations to support her writing of the biography, Who Was Walt Disney? Teaching readers to pay close attention to these visual features is important because the illustrations can help improve the reader's understanding of the text.

Who Was Walt Disney? includes a variety of secondary articles that provide the reader with information he/she can use to know more about the time period and influences of Walt's life. Readers may be tempted to skip over these pages, but by drawing attention to the ways in which the secondary articles improve comprehension, readers will be more likely to explore this valuable information.

This final Who Was Walt Disney? Book Club meeting provides readers with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the role of visual features in the text. The culminating activity has students climbing into the author's chair and creating a new visual feature that supports the text.

Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with the visual features in a text.
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Book Title:
Who Was Walt Disney?
Book Author:
Whitney Stewart
Grade Level:
4
Genre(s):
Biography, Nonfiction
F&P Guided Reading Level:
Q
DRA Level:
40
Reading Recovery Level:
40
Theme(s):
History
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Common Core Alignment: RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.3, RI.4.4, RI.4.5, RI.4.7, RI.4.8, RI.4.10, RF.4.3, RF.4.4, W.4.8, L.4.4a, L.4.5c, L.4.6, W.4.9
Vocabulary Connections: L.4.4a, L.4.5c, L.4.6
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