I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen – Teaching Literary Skills with Picture Books

I am sharing a book a day for the next 30+ days. Picture books that can be used to teach literary skills to middle or high school students. Just because they are in the older grades doesn’t mean that picture books can’t be a great resource on its own or as a paired passage. Here is #2

imgres-5I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

This story is about a bear that is looking for his hat. It is gone and he wants it back. The bear asks the animals one at a time if they have seen his hat. Each animal says no, which is accepted by the bear until a deer refreshes the bear’s memory and sends him retracing his steps. This story is told with simple dialogue and lots of humor.

Literary Skills that can be taught with this picture book:

Author’s Style
Why does the author use different colored fonts on each page?
Why does the author have one page in all red?

Symbolism
What does the use of red symbolize?
How does the color red foreshadow death?

Characterization
How does what the rabbit says prove his guilt?
When the bear helps the turtle what does that say about his character? How does what the bear says at the end to the squirrel prove his guilt?imgres-4

Cause and Effect
What caused the bear to eat the rabbit?
What are the effects of killing another animal?

Inference
Why does one conversation end when the animal asks, “What is a hat?” What makes the bear remember where he saw his hat?
What can you infer happened after the bear found his hat?

Writing Activity
Write the bear and rabbit’s second conversation leading up to the bear eating the rabbit.
Write a story for how the bear came to have the hat in the first place.

Extension Activity
Place the bear on trial for killing the rabbit. Was he justified in the animal kingdom world for doing so? Was his punishment for the rabbit taking it too far?
Create hats for all the animals. What type and color hat would fit each animal and why?

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen can be found on Amazon click HERE


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