In The Heart and the Bottle, a little girl enjoys the wonders of her imagination, the world, and a very special relationship. After experiencing a profound loss, she puts her heart in a bottle to protect it, not realizing that such a drastic act will have unintended consequences. This is a great example of a simple picture book that can serve as a vehicle for a powerful, deep, and engaging lesson with older students.
Possible Strategy Instruction
- Use prior knowledge to connect with text.
- Infer and support with evidence.
- Make a picture or mental image.
- Check for understanding.
- Ask questions throughout the reading process.
- Determine and analyze author's purpose and support with text.
- Recognize and explain cause-and-effect relationships.
- Flip the sound.
- Use the pictures . . . Do the words and pictures match?
- Adjust and apply different reading rates to match text.
- Use punctuation to enhance phrasing and prosody.
- Read text as the author would say it, conveying the meaning or feeling.
- Tune in to interesting words and use new vocabulary in speaking and writing (curiosities, unsure, notice, awkward, occurred).