Do your students struggle to see different perspectives? Read on to find Voices in the Park activities and read-aloud questions promoting discussions on assumptions, points of view and how our actions affect others.
Four different characters describe their visit to the same park from their perspective. The themes of Voices in the Parks include that not everything is what it seems, our prejudices affect how we view the world, and our actions and emotions affect others.
Voices in the Park gives you the opportunity to promote discussion on:
- different perspectives
- socio-economic differences
- prejudice and assumptions
- how our actions and emotions affect others
You can also use the book to teach
- points of view
- compare and contrast
- the author's purpose
- determining importance
- decoding illustrations
Voices in the Park Summary
Four characters describe their visit to the same park from their personal perspective. These characters see the world in unique ways and have their own point of view of the same events. The reader can analyze each perspective and interpret the character's emotions from the changes in their background.
Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne
Illustrator: Anthony Browne
Publisher: Corgi Penguin Books (1999)
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Voices in the Park Activities and Resources
I have created literacy graphic organizers for Voices in the Park. You can find them at my Teachers Pay Teachers store. There are many activities for each literacy area to differentiate depending on your student’s ability/age. They include activities for:
- Cause & Effect
- Character Traits and Analysis
- Making Connections
- Point of View
- Problem and Solution
- Retelling, Sequencing and Summarizing
- Inference and Prediction
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Voices in the Park Activities and Links
- Anthony Browne Official Website
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FREE Voices in the Park Activities
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Voices in the Park Read-Aloud Questions
Read-aloud sessions are a wonderful way for children to understand the connection between written text and spoken language. You can model reading habits and strategies, reading fluency, tone and eye contact. You can also introduce different genres, authors and illustrators.
- Why do you think Anthony Browne chose a park as the setting? Would a different setting affect the attitude and behaviour of the characters?
- Why do you think each character acted in the way they did?
- How does Anthony Brown show each character’s emotions throughout the book?
- Why do you think Anthony Brown separated the book into four voices?
- Why does each voice see the events at the park differently?
- Why did he use a different font for each character?
- Did you learn more about each character as you read the book? How did your opinion of each character change?
- Why do you think Anthony Browne made the apes human-like?
- How does the character’s mood affect his or her point of view?
- How was each of the four voices similar and different?
Voices in the Park Video
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