Teach Brian Selznick's award-winning books in your classroom with these rich resources including discussion guides, online activities, lesson plans, and a virtual field trip inside the American Museum of Natural History.
- Practice expository writing
- Deliver a short presentation to the class
- Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
- Writing paper and pencils
- Your favorite book
- Display area in the classroom for students' favorite books
- Bring in a book that is important to you and be prepared to discuss it briefly with the class.
Step 1: In Wonderstruck, Ben discovers a book called Wonderstruck that explains the history of museums. Talk with students about that book. Why is it special to Ben? Why does he instantly feel connected to it? When and where does the book appear throughout the story?
Step 2: Share your favorite book with the class. Give a few examples of reasons why it is important to you.
Step 3: Ask students to think of a book that is important to them. It could be fiction or nonfiction, a book they've read recently or a preschool favorite. Why is the book special to them? Who introduced the book to them? Does the book have any inscriptions or notes written in the margins? Have students write a paragraph explaining why the book matters to them.
Step 4: Ask students to bring their favorite books from home for tomorrow's class.
Step 1: Display students' books on a shelf or table in your classroom.
Note: If students were unable to bring in a copy of their favorite book, take or send them to the school library to search for copies.
Step 2: Have students take turns explaining why they chose their particular stories. Encourage students to showcase anything special about the physical book itself, such as turned corners, highlighted pages, inscriptions, or stamped library cards.
Step 3: As a class, talk about Wonderstruck (the book, not the book-within-the-book) as a physical object. How is it different from other books? How do the page turns help tell the story? Could the book be read electronically? Why or why not?
Step 4: Invite students to share any concluding thoughts about books as special objects.
Students will be asked to bring their favorite book to class. Encourage them to talk to their parents about favorite books. Did their parents read the book to them when they were little? Do their parents have favorite books?