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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

Publisher

International Reading Association

 

Student Objectives

Opening activity

Paired reading

Small-group activity

Whole-class discussion

Response journal activity

Independent work

Pair-and-share conference

Independent revision

Whole-class sharing

Extensions

Student Assessment/Reflections

 

STUDENT OBJECTIVES

Students will

  • Explore various wordless picture books

  • Develop oral story lines for wordless picture books

  • Develop written story lines for wordless picture books

  • Critique story lines developed by peers

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Opening activity

Read a wordless picture book to the class by developing a story line to go along with the pictures. After reading, ask students if they would have created a different story for the book. Reread the same book asking students to volunteer to develop a story line for each page. Explain how everyone can have a different interpretation of a book.

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Paired reading

Group students in pairs to select and read a wordless picture book together. Students should have the opportunity to create their own story line for the book and tell the story to their partner.

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Small-group activity

Gather three to four students in a small group to develop a story for the book You Can't Take a Balloon Into the National Gallery. Explain that the story line should be created as a group. Each group should read through the book first, discuss ideas, and then develop a story line to go along with the illustrations. The text for each page should be written on sticky notes and placed on the coordinating pages of the book.

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Whole-class discussion

Invite each group to read aloud their original story for the book You Can't Take a Balloon Into the National Gallery. Discuss the similarities and differences between each group's interpretation of the story. During the discussion, help students identify the setting, main character, conflict, and resolution, and model how to use the interactive Story Map tool.

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Response journal activity

Have students complete a journal entry in response to the whole-class discussion about story lines for You Can't Take a Balloon Into the National Gallery. Ask them the following questions:

  • Which story line was your favorite?

  • Why was it your favorite?

  • What made it enjoyable?

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Independent work

Students select a wordless picture book from the classroom library to read and develop an original story line. Using the interactive Story Map tool, students begin to write their story line by identifying the setting, main character, conflict, and resolution. Once students complete the online Story Map, each map should be printed and used as a guide to further develop their story. Stories should incorporate elements of writing that include, but are not limited to:

  • Use of dialogue

  • Setting development

  • Character descriptions

  • Sequencing of events

  • Story development

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Pair-and-share conference

Students share their story lines with another student for critique. Comments and suggestions are provided for further story development. Students use a Peer Critique Rubric to complete this task.

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Independent revision

Any revisions that are necessary are made based on the pair-and-share conference.

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Whole-class sharing

Students read their original story to the class.

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EXTENSIONS

  • Review and bookmark the National Gallery of Art: Kids website. Invite students to access the online interactive tour of the museum by clicking on one of the pictures at the top of the page. Each picture will take them to a different exhibit, including a tour of the sculpture garden. Ask students to compare the online museum to the museum pictures presented in the book You Can't Take a Balloon into the National Gallery. Using their response journals, students respond to the following guiding questions:
  • How does the museum on the website differ from the museum presented in the book?

  • What does the author do well in portraying the museum?

  • What is the most realistic illustration or part in the book?
  • Have students create Character Trading Cards for the characters in the stories they have written. These can have multiple applications - for example, students can exchange them and write their own original stories incorporating each other's characters or they can use them as a tool to help them revise their stories.

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STUDENT ASSESSMENT/REFLECTIONS

  • Teacher observation of student participation in whole-class and small-group activities

  • Journal response entries

  • Student development of a story line, including completion of the online Story Map

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