The Day the Crayons Quit – 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 #10

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Description from Amazon:

The #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon!

Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking—each believes he is the true color of the sun.

What can Duncan possibly do to appease all of the crayons and get them back to doing what they do best?

Kids will be imagining their own humorous conversations with crayons and coloring a blue streak after sharing laughs with Drew Daywalt and New York Times bestseller Oliver Jeffers.

Literary Skills that can be taught with the book The Day the Crayons Quit?

Pre-reading Activity
– Give each group of students a different color crayon and a sheet of paper. Have each student use only that one color to draw a quick picture (3 to 5 minutes) of a person, place or thing. Tell them to keep their eyes on their own papers. Once their drawings are complete, have them share their drawings.
What similarities did you notice?
What differences did you notice?
Why did you choose to draw what you did? Did the color of your crayon affect what you drew?

Point of View
– Students can listen carefully to their color’s (from pre-reading) point of view. – What point of view is each crayon writing in?

Figura:ve Language
– How does this book handle personification?

– Same illustrator as the book Stuck. Compare the drawings in each book.

Characterization (can be done whole group, individually, or in small groups) – Explain the character of each crayon with text examples.

Cause and Effect (can be done whole group, individually, or in small groups)
– What has caused each crayon to quit? How do they want Duncan to fix the problem?

– Why did Duncan get an A for coloring his final picture?


The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt can be found on Amazon click HERE

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