Length: 1 Day
Objectives: 1) To make inferences about how Owen and his parents might be feeling or thinking. 2) To make Text-Self Connections.
Questions: Why does Kevin Henkes use the Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream in Owen?
Owen by Kevin Henkes
A print of The Scream
1) Show students a copy or a picture of Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream.
2) Ask students the following questions: Why they think the painting is called The Scream? Why do you think the person is screaming?
3) Tell them you are going to read the book Owen and that you want them to stop you when The Scream reminds them of something that they see in an illustration.
4) Read Owen by Kevin Henkes. Throughout the read aloud ask students how Owen is feeling? How are the parents feeling?
5) Ask them to share their Text to Self Connections, as well, while you read.
6) When students spy Kevin Henkes’ version of the scream, ask students to make an inference about how Owen might be feeling. Why do you think Owen is feeling that way? What is happening in the story?
7) After reading, give students time to think about a time they have felt afraid or felt like screaming. Have them share with a buddy.
8) Today the student’s job is to create a drawing of when they felt afraid and felt like screaming. (If they are having a hard time coming up with a time when they felt afraid, share a time that you have felt afraid. I like to use getting lost at the store and not knowing where my mom was.)
9) When students have completed their artwork, choose how to celebrate their work (gallery walk, buddy share, whole class share, or group share).