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Lesson Plan: Illustrations- Doctor De Soto

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Subject:  ELA- Reading

Grade: 3

Lesson Objective: To identify how illustrations add to a story and how to figure out what they express

Common Core Standard:  CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.7- Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)




  • Do you like to read books with illustrations?  Why or why not?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • Illustrations are pictures in books that help to tell the story.
  • When we are reading books, illustrations can help us to understand what is happening in a story, what a character in a story is doing or help us to see something that might be hard to imagine.
  • Sometimes an author describes a situation that is difficult to imagine if you have no experience with it.  Illustrations help to show the situation with pictures.
  • Sometimes, illustrations can help us to understand the feelings of characters in a book.  Red is often used to represent angry, blue is often used to represent calm and green is often used to represent jealousy.  Illustrators can use these colors to help us understand emotion.
  • Can you think of a time that illustrations help you when you were reading a book?  (Allow the students to answer.)
  • When reading a book that has illustrations, you can look through the book and just look at the illustrations before you read the book.  This will give you an idea of what the book is going to be about.
  • You are now going to read part of Dr. Desoto.  While you are reading, I want you to look at the illustrations and think about how they help to tell the story. 
  • After you have finished reading, there are questions for you to answer.  Write the answers to the questions that are below the story.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



Who would like to share their answers?  (Allow the students to share and go over the answers and where they came from.)


Written by Kimberly Greacen, Education World® Contributing Writer

Kimberly is an educator with extensive experience in curriculum writing and developing instructional materials to align with Common Core State Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.

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