Picture Books in the Middle School Classroom

Picture books are no longer just for the beginning reader! Whether
you call them trade books or mentor texts, picture books can be a
great addition to any classroom. Present difficult concepts in a non-
threatening way; focus on specific subject matter and skills; establish
a purpose for learning; activate visual learning. In our classroom, we
do three things daily - read closely, think deeply, write purposefully...
and many times we accomplish all this with a picture book. So grab
some great picture books, open them up in your classroom, and let
the learning (and fun) begin!

Presenter: Jennifer Fowler, Paintsville Independent Jr./Sr. High School


With 11 years’ teaching experience, Jennifer Fowler has taught language arts at Paintsville Independent Jr./Sr. High School for the past three years. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Eastern Kentucky University, a Gifted Education Endorsement at Northern Kentucky University, and is a candidate for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification. In 2011, Jennifer was one of nine Kentucky Teacher of the Year semifinalists. She was recently named KCTE Middle School Vice President.