Book Rap: A book discussion conducted by email
Welcome to the Book Week 2003 – Early Childhood Books rap
This book rap on the Book Week – Early Childhood Books will be available during Term 3, 2003. It will focus on the 2003 shortlisted Early Childhood books.
The Book Week - Early Childhood Books rap is suitable for Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4)
From 21 July 2003, you may participate in the Book Week 2003 - Early Childhood Books rap by entering your email address in the boxes below and clicking the ‘Submit’ buttons. Please ensure you have registered the email addresses before doing so.
Teacher email will not be archived to protect privacy. The teacher rap runs concurrently with the book rap to provide additional support for teachers, and the opportunity to discuss issues which may arise during the rap.
You will receive confirmation emails for your Class group and the Teacher support listserv. Please save these messages as they contain important email addresses, and simply follow the instructions these contain when posting messages.
These discussion questions guide the book rap. The question for the week is posted to the rap at the beginning of that week by the coordinator. Class groups post their answers and can respond via the rap to other school's replies during the relevant week for that rap point.
Rap point 1 (For related class activities see Program and planning)
Term 3, Week 3: week beginning 4th August 2003
These shortlisted books include some great characters. Choose a character that appeals to you, and after gathering all the information you can on Rap sheet 1, create a poem about this character.
Just for fun, why not turn this rap point into a mystery, by not including the character’s name in your poem? You can then invite other rappers to guess your mystery character! Be sure to put “Can you guess?” in the subject line.
Send your poem and your guesses to the rap address.
If you think you can guess a group’s mystery character, send a message to the rap address with the school’s name in the subject line, letting rappers know you are having a guess eg. Wollondilly, are we right?
Rap point 2 (For related class activities see Program and planning)
Term 3, Week 4: week beginning 11th August 2003
Imagine you were the illustrator of one of the Early Childhood books. Now that you have been shortlisted, people want to know more about your techniques.
Write a short piece, perhaps for a publisher’s website, explaining your illustrations, giving examples of the choices you made and why, particularly at important parts of the story (use Rap sheet 7 and Rap sheet 8).
Rap point 3 (For related class activities see Program and planning)
Term 3, Week 5: week beginning 18th August 2003
The authors and illustrators shortlisted in this section have contributed to other books. Investigate other works an author or illustrator has created. Choose one title to compare with this year’s shortlisted book, and identify similarities and differences in style, theme, presentation and other features.
Send a message to the rap explaining your findings, and identifying what you think are this author’s most valuable writing and/or illustrating techniques.*
* This Rap point might not work so well for Guess the baby as Simon French’s other works are novels. However, this could be an opportunity to discuss the writer’s intended audience (English K-6 syllabus p 33) and how this might be identified.
Find examples of maps and tally sheets. Students may use these to identify and locate schools participating in the book rap. Use these or create your own based on ideas from these examples.
Rap sheet 1 (for Rap point 1)
Ready to rap (for rappers to reflect on prior learning and expectations)
Thanks to Wendy Chapman, teacher-librarian, Wollondilly Public School, for developing the programming and support material for support this rap.