Monday, June 10, 2013

talking, drawing, writing Book Study- Chapter 2

WOW!! There was a lot to this chapter. If you have not liked up with Teaching With Grace, do so below.

First off- supplies:
* Student drawing & writing book
* Teacher drawing & writing book (18x24)
* Binder Clips
*Caddies with colored pencils (skin colors also), crayons, felt-tip pens...
We ask for black and white composition books at the beginning of the year, so those will be my "drawing & writing" books. I have caddies like the red one below but would love the little cups.
-Around day 9 or 10, model how to draw about your story. "I told you a story yesterday,...."
-Thinking out loud about what you will draw and where you will put your pictures (sort of like mapping it out)
-Then start drawing and really talking about the details (What color hair should I have? Does this color look like my skin color?) Your wanting to add a LOT of details (what clothing you were wearing, what was around you, give the whole picture)
-MAKE SURE NOT TO FINISH YOUR DRAWING!!!! You want to show them how to go back and revise the next day.

- have a few students come up and tell their story and walk through where they would put their drawings on the paper (but not actually drawing)

Each writing time, begin with rereading drawings from the previous day. Model this... teach them to ask themselves questions to help guide their "What to do next". For example.. "Yesterday I drew a picture of myself at the beach. I forgot to add some more things in my picture (the hotel behind me, or the sand bucket....)

Once students start drawing in their books, only allow 10-12 minutes so you can go back and revise the next day.

Next day: Model with a student as to what else they could add to their picture.

Once students are "I'm Done!" MODEL from your book how to move the binder clip from the bottom right corner that is holding all the pages together. Then let the student model for the class on how to turn  their book, allowing to start a new story. (the clip keeps students from flipping through to any random page.)

 Whew!! That was a lot.. if you stayed with me, below is a cute poster I made to help students think about what else to put in their drawing.

Please leave me a comment as to what you thought :)


  1. Isn't this a great book? I love your poster!

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    1. I'm not sure how my name got stuck around my link... that's supposed to say Sally from Elementary Matters. Luckily, the link still brings you to my blog!

      Sally from Elementary Matters

    2. I love it so far, cant wait for the next chapter!

  2. Your poster is adorable! I grabbed it :) Thanks for linking up! I just realized that I totally forgot to mention about the binder clips. I do this and it is a HUGE saving grace. I'm glad that you talked about it!

    1. Thanks- I have never thought about binder clips till now. This is going to be a huge lifesaver for me.

  3. Great Post! Thanks so much for the poster. I am your newest follower and I am looking forward to reading more of your thoughts on the book.
    Barrow's Hodgepodge