I thought I’d share with you today a great exercise we did to kick off a big writing project. For this project, students need to be able to read each other’s writing and DRAW from their details. I wanted to set the stage for how important it is to explain clearly in your writing!
|I started by writing a very simplistic description of “Mitzy”, my monster. I gave the students paper to draw what THEY thought Mitzy looked like!|
|The REAL Mitzy!|
So…the next steps were to read to them a description of ANOTHER monster, Priscilla.
Time to draw again! Students were SO excited…”We know what to draw this time!”
|I loved watching the students referring back to the text as they drew. They checked, and rechecked, and drew and erased, and checked off details as they went. You could have heard a pin drop!|
|Here are a few of their samples!|
|The REAL Priscilla!|
So guess what was next? That’s right–student designed and drew their own monsters–and wrote matching descriptive pieces. After that? Exchanging with a friend in another class to see if they can use their great descriptions to draw their monsters. Stay tuned!
Want a super cute book to use with it? I kicked off the project with…
If you want a closer look…check it out here. My kids LOVED it–and I had a blast making all the different monster voices. I think it really got their creative juices flowing!