Captain Arsenio – 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 #12

Captain Arsenio – Teaching Literary Skills with Picture Books

Description from Amazon:

Captain Arsenio was a curious man who liked, more than anything, to tinker and explore. One day in 1782, he decided that he would put his unusual skills to work in a most ambitious way: he would build a flying machine.

Despite a hodgepodge of materials (and a total unawareness of the laws of physics), Captain Arsenio aimed to get his feet off the ground and his head in the clouds—temporarily, at least. But would any of his crazy inventions ever achieve flight?

In this hilarious fictional account, Pablo Bernasconi imagines a legend in the making—a retired cheesemaker and scuba diver turned inventor who sets off to fly with the birds, in spite of himself.

Literary Skills that can be taught with the book Captain Arsenio?

– aviation
– distinguished – influential
– revolu7tionary – emphasis

– Choose one project and summarize it.

– Rate and number the projects from the worst to the best. Explain your reasons for placement.

Cause and Effect
– Why did Arsenio decide to enter the “pages of aviation history”? – Why did each project fail?

Writing Activity
– Choose one of the diary quotes and explain the meaning.
– Write your own idea of how to achieve flight.
– How did Arsenio’s dairy end up on the surface of the moon?

Extension Activity
– STEM: design an invention for aviation and test it to see if it works does this version compare to the real Grimm version?


Captain Arsenio can be found on Amazon click HERE

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