Comparing and contrasting two illustrations.
Lesson length: 1 session
Lesson from Grandma Bird series
Required reading: Whole book
- Compare and Contrast Thinking
In Grandma Bird, much about the character is conveyed through the illustration, particularly the changing relationship between Noi and Grandma. This session focuses on two contrasting illustrations to make the idea of character development accessible to the children.
- Copies of the Grandma Bird, at least one between two. The children will be looking at two illustrations:
- Grandma preparing seaweed soup for Noi
- Grandma and Noi feeding the birds
- Print copies of the Scene Word Cards to support the discussion.
Share the two illustrations. Give out the contrasting Scene Word cards and ask the children to sort them into two groups. One set for each illustration.
- How has Benji Davies created a contrast between the two pictures?
Use the following prompts:
- What differences do you notice between these two pictures?
- What colours are used?
- How do the colours make you feel? Do you have different feelings for each of the pictures?
- Are colours used to draw your attention to important parts of the picture?
Some prompts for a summary discussion:
- What contrasts have we noticed between the two pictures?
- How do you think Noi will sleep tonight?
- Will the picture of him in bed tonight be different from last night?
- What makes you think that?
- Do you think Noi and Grandma Bird’s relationship has changed? Why? In what ways?
contrast, difference, change