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The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups

Wisniewski, David (Author/Illustrator)
HarperCollins 2001. 48 pages
First published: 1998
ISBN: 9780064437530 (paperback)
9780688153397 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

layout, multimodal, point of view, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Grown-up rule #82: Don’t pick your nose. Official Reason: It’s gross and disgusting. But the real reason, according to this “confidential” book filled with classified" information? It can cause your brain to deflate. This funny, offbeat account of the “real” reasons parents tell children to eat their vegetables, drink their milk, comb their hair and stop playing with their food is designed to look like the top secret log of a counterspy unlocking the “shocking truth” of the adult world. Disguised as everything from a chocolate milk scuba diver to a large eggplant to an oversized nose, the fearless hero uncovers dangerous digit gangs, man-eating vegetables, powerful sumo cells and more in his relentless pursuit of the truth.

A compelling, descriptive read-aloud crammed with eye-catching visual text (colourful cartoons, torn log entries, charts, stick figure drawings, etc.), this spoof will invite multiple readings now that the big “conspiracy” of the adult world has been dispelled.

  •  Discuss the rules that are highlighted in the book. Brainstorm a list of other things that grown-ups tell you to do.
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    Write a new entry for the book. Describe the new rule and the “real” reason for it. Look at the art in the book to illustrate your rule. This activity would fit in well at the beginning of the year when reviewing class rules.

  •  Discuss the rules that are highlighted in the book. Brainstorm a list of other things that grown-ups tell you to do.
  •  Write an additional entry for the book. Describe the new rule and the “real” reason for it. This activity would fit in well at the beginning of the year when reviewing class rules.
  •  Organize the grown-up rules by categories. Explain why you chose these categories.
  •  Before reading, start a list of rules you hear from adults outside of school. As you read, check those that appear in the book.
  •  In teams, select and discuss the top three most annoying grown-up rules from the book. Continue the debate as a class.
  •  Which grown-up rule, not necessarily from the book, irritates you most? Express your frustration in a journal rant.
  • To communicate appropriately
  • To construct his/her identity
  • To use creativity
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Geography, History and Citizenship
  • Personal Development