A Light in the Attic

Learning Tip for "A Light in the Attic"

After Reading:

  • Shel Silverstein was a literary powerhouse and legendarily a little bit strange. After reading many of his poems, it is a ton of fun to visit his site and learn more about the man himself. Visit http://www.shelsilverstein.com/ (which also has extension learning ideas) to read about him and get the inside scoop on how he came to be a children's author. And there is nothing like hearing an author read his own work, especially a poet. Shel Silverstein has a distinct voice, and it will be fun to listen to him read another of his poems. Also check to see if your own library has any audio versions of his works! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNiaYHZme_U

Other Useful Tips

Before Your Child Begins Reading, Create a K-W-L Chart

Create a K-W-L Chart and have your child fill in the first two columns with information that s/he knows and wants to find out about the story. S/he can fill in the last column, "What I Learned", once s/he has finished the story.

What I Know

After reading the description on the back cover, discuss what your child already knows about the subject matter. Answer questions like "Who is the main character? Where does the story take place? What is the general premise?" Encourage him/her to describe what s/he sees on the cover that will tell him/her more about the story.

What I Want to Know

This section can be filled with questions that your child would like to have answered while reading the story.