Lesson plans and teaching tips
The author's official Website.
Teaching resources include a video of former Vice President Al Gore reading the story aloud and additional activities, including discussion questions, printable handouts for identifying story elements, writing, research, and related links and titles. The video runs 14:00 and resides at YouTube. The additional activities require Adobe Reader for access.
Exploring Satire with Shrek
Because students are typically familiar with the characteristics of fairy tales, the movie Shrek, which satirizes fairy tale traditions, serves as an introduction to satirical techniques. Students begin by viewing a scene from the movie and examining the ways in which it departs from typical fairy tales. They are then introduced to the four techniques of satire: exaggeration, incongruity, reversal, and parody, and identify these techniques in the clip from Shrek. Students next select a fairy tale to satirize and share their finished stories with the class or small groups. This lesson is designed for high school.
An online Hangman game, links to 2 more.
Students will participate in a variety of word choice activities to make their narrative writing more descriptive. The lesson involves Shrek.
Lesson plans for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
Three ideas for working with the book: discussion questions, character study, and vocabulary/context clues.
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
Students work with writing, with causes and effects, and with mapmaking.
Yellow and Pink
Summary, analysis, and 6 sets of discussion questions based on themes in the story.