The Very Cranky Bear

by KristySims
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Language Arts

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Activity OneStudents participate in a "reader's theater". In small groups, students are asked to act out the roles of each character in the story. Asking them to pay particular attention to how the character might behave in any given situation.Identify some features of texts including events and characters and retell events from a text (ACELT1578)

The Very Cranky Bear

Bland, N. (2008). The very cranky bear. Gosford, NSW: Scholastic

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Language FeaturesThe very cranky bear has many language features throughout the text. One of the most prominent ones is rhyme. Bland (2008) has ensured that each sentence rhymes with the one before or after it. An example of this is "so she fetched a pair of clippers and clipped off half her wool. She stuffed it in a cotton bag until the bag was full." (Bland, 2008). In this the word wool is rhymed with full. This pattern continues throughout the entirety of the text.Other examples of language features used by Bland (2008) are "In the Jingle Jangle Jungle...", and "...perfect place to play". Here there has been the use of alliteration by repeating the use of the "j" and "p" sounds.It is also clear that Bland (2008) has put thought into the word choice used as there is great depth to the descriptive language throughout the text. For example, the author has used the phrase "marvellous antlers", and "fantastic stripes". Including the adjectives creates a better picture in the readers mind.

Visual FeaturesBland has used very amusing illustrations to complement the story of The very cranky bear. In particular, Bland (as cited in Scholastic Press. 2008), describes the importance of the expression on the characters' faces as the story is about their peronalities. For this reason, there are very clear messages portrayed through the visuals of each character. The best example of this is the picture of bear when comes out of the cave dressed in his stripes, antlers and mane. The expression on his face is one of disapproval and from this the reader can tell he is not pleased.Bland (2008) has also included the clever use of angles throughout the story. Wide shots are used when the animals are in the cave and close ups when the animals are talking about their idea. When the bear is roaring at the sheep, the image of the bear takes up majority of the page giving the sense of just how cranky he is.The font that is used while the bear is roaring is different from the rest of the story. This allows the reader to really understand that this is implied as a different tone.In addition to this, Bland (2008) has included humour into the illustrations that is not present in the words. For example, the first page shows the animals coming into the cave from the rain. The reader can see lion shaking the water off his mane and as a result, wetting his friends. Another example is of the friends playing cards while they are in the cave. This adds more information to the story.ReferencesScholastic Press. (2008). Teacher's notes for the very cranky bear. Retrieved from

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Why is this an example of quality children's literature?The very cranky bear is a fine example of quality children's literature for a number of reasons.Firstly, it is rich in language features which can help children to develop oral language skills as well as strengthening reading and writing proficiencies. Being an engaging story allows children to connect to the story in a meaningful way. This will help with comprehension skills as the children will be able to reflect on the events of the story.Finally, the use of effective pictures allows children of a lower reading level to better be able to construct meaning from the text.

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Activity Two Have the students identify the rhyming words throughout the text. Brainstorm other sentences that would fit the rhyme pattern in the same way. Later, the students could attempt to make their own rhyming story using some of the words from The very cranky bear.Recognise some different types of literary texts and identify some characteristic features of literary texts, for example beginnings and endings of traditional texts and rhyme in poetry (ACELT1785)

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