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Title: Discussion questions
Post by: Jenny on March 30, 2022, 10:55 AM
Hi everyone. I'm starting a picture book discussion group and I would love some ideas for general questions to ask during the discussion.

Thanks in advanced. 😊
Title: Re: Discussion questions
Post by: JulieM on March 30, 2022, 03:28 PM
What different kinds of PBs appeal to you? (eg fiction, non-fiction, quiet, funny, cyclic, cumulative, biography, nature, no words)
What role do pictures play in PBs?
What is back matter?
Can you think of some cases in which endpapers have a part in telling the story?
Title: Re: Discussion questions
Post by: Vijaya on March 30, 2022, 03:55 PM
How do you know if you're writing a PB?
What's the difference between PB and magazine story?
How to use page turns effectively?
What are your favorite PBs and why?
Title: Re: Discussion questions
Post by: Jenny on March 30, 2022, 03:58 PM
Thank you. These are good. Can you also think of some questions that could work for a specific book? So far I have discussing the theme, pov, characters, and what was or wasn't successful about the beginning and ending.
Title: Re: Discussion questions
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on March 30, 2022, 06:25 PM
What did the illustrator bring in that wasn't obvious from the text?

Is the rule of three used? If so, how?

Does the ending reflect the beginning in some way?

How has the character changed?

Is the setting a character? How would the book have to change if time or place changed?

For informational texts, why might the author have chosen to use fiction elements instead of writing straight nonfiction?

What other books does this remind you of? Why?
Title: Re: Discussion questions
Post by: Jenny on March 30, 2022, 07:06 PM
What did the illustrator bring in that wasn't obvious from the text?

Is the rule of three used? If so, how?

Does the ending reflect the beginning in some way?

How has the character changed?

Is the setting a character? How would the book have to change if time or place changed?

For informational texts, why might the author have chosen to use fiction elements instead of writing straight nonfiction?

What other books does this remind you of? Why?

Love these. Thank you 😊
Title: Re: Discussion questions
Post by: JulieM on March 31, 2022, 03:29 PM
Do the illustrations tell a slightly different story from the text? Or add a new element?