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    Van Allsburg
    By Debbie

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    Hi all,
    Why not do a features matrix? Groups rotate thru reading their choice of books, then choose one favorite. Small groups (a different title per group) create a story map (grid form) using the following headings across the top of a large sheet of colored butcher paper: Book Title, Characters (major and possibly minor depending upon GL), Setting(s), Beginning, Goal(s), Middle, Resolution, Author's Message/ can add/delete other ideas. Each book title has its own row across for writing the info using markers. The kids complete this by adding pictures to illustrate parts that really struck them. Then take a day for each group to present their information.
    Another possibility is to gather the art media Chris Van Allsburg used to create the different illustrations. Each child chooses his/her own favorite/memorable scene from a favorite book and reproduce it...or create her/his own illustration using these materials. I like to add museum tags to their art. Best of luck...he's one of my favorite authors! ;-D

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