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pros and cons of using picture books with teens

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Traditionally, picture books have been primarily used in the early years of school (K-2). Recently, picture books have creatively explored concepts in all areas of the curriculum and at all educational levels.

What are the pros and cons of using picture books in the elementary and secondary curriculum?

Will you read chapter books to your class over a period of weeks? Why or why not? If so, how would you go about selecting a chapter book you might use for this read-aloud time?

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As a junior high teacher for 8 years ad also a high school previously for 6 years, I infuse picture books with teens. They love the visual illustrations as well as the abbreviated stories. Since we live in a fast-paced, "short spurts of information" type of society, I feel that teens now have a "remote control attention span;" as a result, I feel like picture books accommodate this facet of teens' lives with the brevity of picture books. My kids, for example, love the ...

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Based on my experience teaching teens, I offer a discussion of the pros and cons of using picture books in the secondary curriculum.