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Lesson Plan

Creative Writing Through Wordless Picture Books

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Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Laurie A. Henry, Ph.D.

Laurie A. Henry, Ph.D.

Lexington, Kentucky


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives





  • You Can't Take a Balloon Into the National Gallery by Weitzmann and Glasser (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2000)
  • Sticky notes (3 X 5 size, lined is preferred)
  • Student response journals

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Story Map

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Story Map

The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.


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Peer Critique Rubric

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1. Secure multiple copies of You Can't Take a Balloon into the National Gallery.

2. Secure copies of a wide range of wordless picture books, gathering at least one book for each student. The following Web resources provide a listing of wordless picture books:

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