Zoos Are Not Really for Animals

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Zoos Are Not Really for Animals


van Haren, Rita, Literacy Learning: The Middle Years


What we're learning

Our Subject

English and literacy

Our Topic

This topic explores Zoo by Anthony Browne to develop your thinking, reading and writing skills.

Our Class

Years 3-8

What We Already Know

You have probably visited or read or watched something about zoos and know a lot about animals.

Finding Out

As a result of completing this Learning Element, you will be able to:

* Read books and websites about zoos

* Participate in group work

* Learn how to write a recount

* Improve your reading skills

* Identify positive and negative pictures and words in Zoo

* Learn about visual features in texts

* Look at how images and words in Zoo are used to make you think about how zoos affect animals and humans

* Perform a Readers Theatre presentation of Zoo

* Research and participate in a debate

* Design a poster of a zoo

* Write a recount of an outing

Knowing Things

Who's been to a zoo?

What do you know about zoos?

Who has been to the zoo?

What did you see? Did you like it? Who did you go with?

What do you think the story will be about?

Write down 3-5 words that you think will be in the text.

Reading the story

Do you like the story so far? Is your prediction right?

Do you want to change it? How?

Does the story remind you of anything else you have seen, read or heard?

What would you say when Mum asked what was the best bit of the day?

Finding positive and negative words in the text

Draw up a page with four columns. Read the text and list all the positive words in the first column and the negative words in the third column.

Identify antonyms for each of the words and record them in the second and fourth columns.

Now look at the images on these pages.

How do they contribute to or detract from the linguistic text?

Describe how a different image would communicate a different meaning. Sketch your image. Discuss your sketches in your groups. Which one do you prefer? The new sketch or the Anthony Browne one? Why?

Write a short journal reflection about your image and your discussion.

Creating a new text

Create a new text with the antonyms you have recorded.

How is it the same?

How is it different?

Reading aloud

Work in your group to plan, rehearse and present a Readers' Theatre of your new text or the original text.

Describe the pictures in Zoo

                                            Animals   Humans

What colours are used?
What framing is used?
Are there mainly demands or offers?
How is line used?
Who is the focus on the left/right pages?

What do the visuals do?

                                            Animals   Humans

Colour
Framing
Demands and Offers
Line
Focus on left and right sides of each
double page spread

How does it affect us?

What do you think about the animals in Zoo? What about the humans? …

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