Create a Class Book
- Ask students to relate David's experiences to their own experiences. Tell students that they are going to make a big book about something that they did or something that they know would get a "No" from a parent. Discuss how the author has written the David story and the text pattern and lettering style with the children. Encourage the students to write their stories in a similar manner.
- Provide each student with a large sheet of paper and drawing materials. Assist students in drawing a line across the top or bottom portion of their paper, leaving enough space to write the text of the story.
- Before completing the story ask students to describe how David's mother felt about him even though he did many naughty things. Encourage students to talk about their own experiences. Ask students to think of how they can end their book so that it will be similar to what David experienced with his mother. Provide students with materials needed to conclude their story.
- Invite students to also think of a title for their story. Interested students can work together to create a front cover and back page for their book. Bind all of the pages together. Enjoy the book during shared reading time.
- Read the book David Goes to School by David Shannon to students. Invite students to compare No, David with this book. Students can create another big book based on David Goes to School or make individual books about their own school experiences. Students can create a special book of rules or suggestions for David. Dramatic play activities can include acting out the story of David or making puppets based on the characters of the stories. Students can also create their own naughty character and write a story about that character.
- Invite students to bring in favorite books from home that depict family relationships. Share the books during reading time. Compare stories and engage students in discussions about the books.
- Share your own childhood experiences with students. Invite parents or other members of your school community to do the same. Students enjoy hearing childhood stories about their teachers and parents.