Meteor! by Patricia Polacco – 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 #3

51koS7+Z-aL._SX382_BO1,204,203,200_Meteor! by Patricia Polacco

Polacco turns real stories into remarkable tales. A chain of events  occurs when a meteor lands in the middle of her grandparents yard. This is Patricia Polacco’s very first picture book and based on a story from her mother’s childhood.  The story is told in such a fantastical way the reader is not true what is real and what is fantasy. Either was you find yourself cheering along side the family, the town, and the visitors.  The humor abounds in the way one small town celebrates the meteor that becomes Grandma’s tombstone.


Literary Skills that can be taught with this picture book:

Vocabulary (using unfamiliar words)

What is the difference between fiction and nonfiction? Which genre do you think this story is?

Discussion Questions
What does it mean to say, “curiosity overcame caution?”
What parts of the story seem unreal or fictitious to you?

Why do you think the story was so exaggerated after being shared? Why would the family use the meteor as the grandmother’s headstone? 

Cause and Effect
What are the different effects the meteor had on the house? on the animals? on the family?
What different effects did the meteor have on the townspeople?

Extension Activity
Use the article on the author, Patricia Polacco and her story as a paired passage. Use the Norman Rockwell painting as a paired art.
Write about an extraordinary even in your own life and illustrate it.

Meteor! by Polacco can be found on Amazon click HERE

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