Story Illustrations is a unique lesson with a lot of hands-on work. The lesson engages students in learning a different way to glean information: through pictures! They will learn how to guess what a story is about and predict information before ever reading the book. After reading the story, they will be able to compare their guesses to what really happened.
What Story Illustrations includes
This lesson presents its content in a unique way. Instead of paragraphs of details, you will print off and cut up discussion cards. There are 14 total cards, and you may choose to print them on card stock and laminate them. That way you can reuse them in the future. The cards include many prompts to encourage students to think about the story in different ways. Examples include questions about students’ favorite part or writing a new ending. However, you won’t initially use these cards until later in the lesson.
Before reading the actual story, you will do a “picture walk.” Students will learn to predict what might happen in the story based on the pictures in the book. You will distribute the activity, that students will work on alone, and the homework. During the second class session, then you will read the book aloud. Then you can compare students’ predictions with what happens in the book. You can pass out the cards or choose a few to focus on.
Students will work alone during the activity. Using the information from the picture walk, students will draw the main character of the story, as well as the setting. Afterward, they will write what they predict the story to be about.
You will hand out the practice worksheet during the second class session. After reading the story, students will draw several pictures depicting different parts of the story. They will also write out a summary sentence that describe the picture they drew.
The homework will mimic the first lesson. Students will choose a story to read by themselves. They will do their own picture walk and come up with a questions to ask their students as if they are the teacher. They will identify the main character and setting for the story and write it down. Last, they will write a couple hints about each for students to guess what the story might be.