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November 18

The Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children is announced today.

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The Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children is announced today.

Grades K – 7
Calendar Activity Type Literacy-Related Event

 

EVENT DESCRIPTION

 

 

The NCTE Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children honors the work of educator Charlotte Huck, who championed the classroom use of storybooks to teach reading and language arts.  The award was established in 2014 to promote and recognize excellence in the writing of fiction for children that invites compassion, imagination, and wonder.

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After sharing one or more of the winning, honored, or recommended titles as a classroom read-aloud, invite students write and illustrate their own story in which someone learned how to be more compassionate or to feel empathy for those who are different from themselves.

Allow students to decide to tell a story from their own lives or to create characters and imagined situations that would inspire others to be more compassionate.  Share tools such as the Story Map and Cube Creator to help students plan and generate ideas.  Arrange for a time for students to share their stories with classmates or with younger students.

WEBSITES

 

 
  • Charlotte S. Huck Children’s Literature Festival

    This festival, hosted by the University of Redlands, brings together authors and illustrators of children’s literature with teachers, librarians, and families.

  • Charlotte Huck Biography

    Charlotte Huck’s HarperCollins biography page includes a link to her book Princess Furball, illustrated by Anita Lobel.

  • NCTE Awards for Books

    NCTE’s page for its children’s book awards, also including the Orbis Pictus Award for nonfiction.

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Grades   5 – 9  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick: Using Illustrations to Guide Writing

Students use illustrations from The Mysteries of Harris Burdick as a guide to write mysteries
and then present their stories to the class for students to discuss to which illustration each
story corresponds.

 

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Creative Problem-Solving with Ezra Jack Keats

Using books by Ezra Jack Keats as inspiration, students explore problems and solutions through read-alouds, discussion, and an interactive bulletin board.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Once They're Hooked, Reel Them In: Writing Good Endings

It's important to "hook" readers at a story's beginning, but it's equally important to keep them interested. In this lesson, students learn to write effective conclusions to their own stories.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

The Wonder of Leo Lionni: Increasing Comprehension with Prediction Statements

This lesson focuses on the strategy of "wonder" statements, asking students to stop, think, and write about what may be happening in the text periodically as they read a story.

 

Grades   4 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Analyzing How Narrative Structure Generates Empathy in Wonder

This lesson builds students' understanding of empathy by defining key terms and comparing responses to characters when they are introduced by someone else, and then when they narrate the story themselves.

 

Grades   K – 1  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson

Catching the Bug for Reading Through Interactive Read-Alouds

Students learn about story structure, new vocabulary, and a variety of reading strategies by participating in an interactive read-aloud of Miss Bindergarten Stays Home From Kindergarten by Joseph Slate.

 

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Literature as a Catalyst for Social Action: Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges

Students are invited to confront and discuss issues of injustice and intolerance in response to reading a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts.