Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

Plagues, Pox, and Pestilence


Bibliographic Information: Plagues, Pox, and Pestilence. Written by Richard Platt.  Illustrated by John Kelly.  Published by Kingfisher, New York. c. 2011

Lexile: 930L

Synopsis: This creatively illustrated, nonfiction picture book presents children with a wealth of information on the history, causes, and cures of a variety of deadly diseases.  Through side bars, photographs, and humorous full-color illustrations Richard Platt and John Kelly have create a book that will capture children’s attention and draw them into the information packed text.

Rationale for Classroom Use: Plagues, Pox, and Pestilence provides many opportunities for using nonfiction text skills.  Within this book students can locate and analyze a variety of text types. They can examine the illustrations and photographs in order to determine their importance within the text. Excerpts from the text could also be used to build background when reading a historical account of one of the great plagues or studying a modern day outbreak.

Common Core Connection:

4.RI.3 Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

4.RI.5 Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.

4.RI.7 Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.


About Kristen

I am an elementary school teacher with five years of experience in 4th and 5th grades. I am taking a year off from teaching to get my masters in Reading through the New Literacies and Global Learning program at NC State University.

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