Where the Wild Things Are – Teaching Literary Skills with Picture Books
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In the forty years since Max first cried “Let the wild rumpus start,” Maurice Sendak’s classic picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children’s books of all time. Now, in celebration of this special anniversary, introduce a new generation to Max’s imaginative journey to Where the Wild Things Are.
Literary Skills that can be taught with the book Where the Wild Things Are?
Why did Max get sent to his room without food? How did Max’s room become a jungle?Why would Max punish the wild things in the same way he was punished? Why was Max’s dinner waiting for him even though he was punished?
Create a plot chart of events for the story labeling the initiating event, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.
Point of View
In which point of view is the story written? Rewrite this story from the point of view of Max.
How does this story use imagery? Give text evidence for each sensory statement that shows imagery.
Compare and Contrast
How does the wild things love differ from a parent’s love?
The wild side of someone can be magical
Imagination is powerful
There is no place like home
Write about an adventure Max had while crossing the water in his boat during the weeks and almost over a year to the island. Write words for the pages of pictures that are lacking story.
Watch the movie and make comparisons to the book.