Literature 2019/20

Dolphin Swimmers Literature - Session 2
Books by Author & Illustrator Chris Van Allsburg

Chris Van Allsburg is an award winning author & illustrator. He is best known for his books Jumanji and The Polar Express, which were both made into movies.
His books are set in ordinary places, but always have an interesting twist.
Additionally, Van Allburg’s illustrations are fantastic. I look forward to sharing these books with the Dolphin Swimmers this session.
We will also spend some time each class period looking at wordless books - there are some really great ones out there! This will be a fun way to practice storytelling. It will be interesting to see what kinds of stories the kids attach to the illustrations in each book.
Some of the wordless book illustrators we will be looking at are Barbara Lehman, Lizi Boyd, David Wiesner, Bill Thomson, and Peter Spier.


Week 1 (Nov. 8)
Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg

Week 2 (Nov. 15)
Zarathura (a sequel to Jumanji) by Chris Van Allsburg

Week 3 (Nov. 22)
The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg

No ODE - Thanksgiving Break (Nov. 29)

Week 4 (Dec. 6)
Bad Day at Riverbend by Chris Van Allsburg
The Z Was Zapped by Chris Van Allsburg

Week 5 (Dec. 13)
Just A Dream by Chris Van Allsburg
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

No ODE - Break for Winter Holidays (Dec. 20 - Jan 3)

Week 6 (Jan 10)
Ben’s Dream by Chris Van Allsburg
Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg

Week 7 (Jan. 17)
The Sweetest Fig by Chris Van Allsburg
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi by Chris Van Allsburg

Week 8 (Jan. 24)
The Wreck of the Zephyr by Chris Van Allsburg
The Wretched Stone by Chris Van Allsburg



Dolphin Swimmers do not have weekly Literature homework.
Occasionally, I may ask students to bring something to class, or wear something theme-specific, but I will give adults at least one week notice if something is requested.
I will send home a note, put the information on the homework section of the ODE website, and post it on the ODE Facebook page.


Course Description

Each week, we will explore a new story.  I enjoy sharing not only classics and award winners, but books with great illustrations and engaging stories & themes.  We will explore various authors, illustrators, genres, and writing styles.  Each book will lend itself to a different lesson or activity.  We will discuss characters, setting, rhyming words, alliteration, illustration techniques, describing words, word recognition, and more.  These stories will inspire our own class books, art work, storytelling and writing.


Teacher: Mrs. Allison Andrews

Allison has a B.A. in Elementary Education from Cornell College.  She has taught First Grade in both parochial and public schools.  For the past sixteen years she has been a stay-at-home parent to her two children.  Before coming to ODE, Allison spent many hours volunteering at her children's schools, being a Girl Scout mom, and teaching Sunday School classes.

This will be Allison's third year at ODE, where she started as a teaching assistant, and gradually began teaching Elementary Literature classes.  She enjoys creating Literature lessons that interact with a story's theme in many different ways, drawing from her experience as a classroom teacher and her love for good books.  Allison looks forward to  spending each Friday exploring great stories with the enthusiastic and creative kids at ODE.  She is spending the summer reading lots of books in preparation for a great year!

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