With younger students you may wish to focus on picture books that deal
with the coming of a new sibling. Discuss the impact on the life of the
children already in the family. Many dicussions and writing activities
can evolve from reading and sharing these titles.
The Biggest Pest on Eighth Avenue
More Books about Brothers and Sisters (and Potential Pests)
Use The Biggest Pest on Eighth Avenue
as a stepping stone to more reading. If you are using this book to set
the stage for a thematic look at relationships between siblings, with
preteen or teenage readers, you may wish to open the discussion by
reading the book aloud and then booktalking some of the books on the
Chester County list. The titles in the American Sisters Series will provide a historical perspective of family relationships among sisters.
Read a Collection of Tales About Brothers and Sisters.
Make a list of pros and cons regarding having
siblings as compared to being an only child. Discuss the lists with
members of your class. Does whether or not a respondent has a sibling
or is an only child seem to make a difference in the items put in the
pro or the con list?
Brother and Sister Tales by Mary Hoffman -- read a review. Scroll down to the appropriate review. These are stories from many parts of the world.
In small groups, using the pros and cons lists
developed above, develop a list of questions for a survey regarding
siblings, and the relative value of having or not having a sibling. It
may be important that some questions regarding demographics (age,
whether or not they had siblings or not, and so forth) are included.
© 2002 Laurie Lawlor. All rights reserved.
Text for Curriculum section © 2002 Sharron McElmeel @ McBookwords.
Portions of this text may have been published in earlier publications
by Sharron L. McElmeel and are reprinted here with permission.