Yo! Yes?
by Chris Raschka


Yo! Yes? is a nearly wordless story of the budding friendship between two boys who have just met. The text is minimal-- "What's up?" "Not much." "Why?" "No fun."--but paired with Raschka's bright cartoon illustrations, a wide range of communications are effectively conveyed.

While not written specifically to teach punctuation, this book is a great choice for showing children how punctuation impacts inflection and meaning.

Interest Level:
Interest Level: PreS-Gr. 2             DRA Level:  3-4                Lexile Measure: BR
Grade Equivalent:  1.2                  Guided Reading: C  

Awards won:
  - Caldecott Honoree 1994
  - American Library Association Notable Children's Book
  - UNICEF-Ezra Jack Keats Book Award

Peek inside:
Below are the first two spreads from inside this nearly-wordless book:



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Lesson Idea: Importance of Punctuation


(1) conveying meaning: Write the entire book on the board with periods instead of question marks and exclamation points. Read the words aloud (and try to use a monotone voice).  Then read the book to the class, being sure to show the pages so they can see the punctuation.  Discuss how the punctuation was essential in conveying meaning.

(2) voice inflection:  Read the book as if there was no punctuation (ie: no inflection in your voice that would indicate a question or an exclamation) and then read it with the proper inflection in your voice to match the punctuation. Then discuss with the class how readers must "read" punctuation as well as words and adjust your voice appropriately to help convey meaning.



Lesson Idea: Yo! Conventions!

Beacon Lesson Plan Library has a lesson plan similiar to ours listed above, but with a very interesting twist. To check it out, please click here.


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You may also want to check out other books by Chris Raschka. They are all so darling and kids love them! To learn more, click on the book covers below or the author's name above.