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Color My World: Expanding Meaning Potential through Media

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Color My World: Expanding Meaning Potential through Media

Grades 3 – 6
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

S. Rebecca Leigh

S. Rebecca Leigh

Rochester, Michigan


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives





  • Drawing/writing materials (markers, crayons, pencils, color pencils, pens, pastels, paint trays, etc.)
  • Paper (lined and unlined)
  • Writer’s notebooks
  • Tool bins
  • Sharpeners (manual and/or electronic)
  • Fox by Margaret Wild (Kane/Miller Book Publishers, 2006) or The Red Tree by Shaun Tan (Simply Read Books, 2003)
  • Storage unit for tool bins (optional)


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Doodle Splash

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Doodle Splash

Doodle Splash combines the process of drawing with analytical thinking by pairing online drawing with writing prompts that encourage students to make connections between their visual designs and the text.


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  1. Obtain a copy of the book Fox by Australian writer Margaret Wild and illustrator Ron Brooks.  A book about friendship and loss, Wild draws the reader in with Dog, Magpie, and Fox while Brooks keeps the reader engaged with his stark, emotional illustrations and scratchy, bird-like print. If you cannot find a copy of Fox, try to locate The Red Tree by Shaun Tan. These illustrations are equally evocative, the print text powerful and purposeful.
  2. Provide each student with a writer’s notebook (e.g., store-bought or assembled using folders and a variety of lined and unlined loose-leaf paper).
  3. Acquire quality writing/drawing materials (e.g., crayons, pastels, pens, pencils, color pencils, markers, watercolor pencils, paint, charcoal, etc.).
  4. Before beginning the lesson, make sure each student has access to each kind of writing tool available.
  5. Make copies of the Expressing Moods handout and the Using Media in Writing rubric for each student.


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