“Big Book” Assignment for my literacy class at the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics.
Because if a group of people wants to learn to read their language but they have no libraries and no books, well, someone has to make books. Since this was just an exercise, Shelly and I created “One Fine Day” with the audience of American first graders in mind. We had concluded that, hey, before trying to figure out how to do something for another culture in another country, we should probably figure out how to do it for our own.
Some keys to a Big Book that I learned:
- make the text repetitive and predictable
- make the story engaging and relatable for your audience
- write largely enough for a group of people to see
- take the story topic and text, and let your imagination run wild for other lesson ideas
If I could, I’d send it to my mom to hang on the fridge. But it’s a bit bulky, thanks to the durable cardboard cover and hand-laminated pages bound together with hemp — making a book like this usable in a rural, humid setting.
Now go read a book and eat some ice cream!