Lesson 10: Illustrations


Activity 1: Apostrophes for Possession

Discuss with your child that in the previous lesson she learned to use apostrophes for contractions. Explain that apostrophes are also used to show possession (when something belongs to someone).

Parent Note: At this level, children are only practicing using 's for possession for singular nouns. In the future they will learn when to use s' to show possession for plural nouns.

Write the following examples on a sheet of paper for your child to read:
  • The boy's book. (Explain that the book belongs to the boy.)
  • The mom's pen. (Explain that the pen belongs to the mom.)
  • The cat's toy. (Explain that the toy belongs to the cat.)
  • Jennifer Smith's dress. (Explain that the dress belongs to Jennifer Smith.)
Give your child the "Apostrophes for Possession" page and ask her to put in the missing apostrophes. The sentences are taken from the story.

Answer Key:
  1. Nellie's voice soothed the rabbit, and he forgot about Pellegrina.
  2. Edward's mistress was a dark-haired girl named Abilene Tulane.
  3. ...Abilene tackled him, shoving her head into his stomach, and upsetting the boy's aim.
  4. Edward rode in Bull's bedroll, slung over Bull's shoulder with only his head and ears sticking out.
  5. And even though it was Sarah Ruth's star, Edward wished on it too.
  6. He spread his wings and flew over Lawrence's shoulders...
  7. And when he left, the girl's father opened the door for his daughter and the old doll...
  8. ...Edward heard quite clearly, as if she were still sitting next to him, the old doll's voice.
  9. Leaves blew in through the open door of Lucius Clark's shop.

Activity 2: Artwork and Text

Materials: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
Look through the illustrations in the book with your child. Discuss how the illustrations help tell the story. Let your child retell the story using the illustrations as a guide. Let your child choose which of the following options she wishes to complete.

Option 1

Not every scene of the story is illustrated. Ask your child to pick one of her favorite scenes that is not illustrated and to make up her own illustration. She can pick a quote from the scene to put beneath her illustration just like the illustrator of the book does. She can use the "Illustrate a Scene" page for her quote and illustration.

Option 2

Have your child pick her favorite illustration from the book. On the "Explain an Illustration" sheet provided, tell your child to record the quote that accompanies the illustration. On this page, she will identify who is in the picture, what is happening, when it is happening, and where it is happening. Then she will explain why she selected the illustration as her favorite.