Today I read a short article by author, Anastasia Suen, about “Teaching Sentence Fluency with Wordless Books.” She suggests using wordless picture books and letting the students write the story based on the pictures.
We did much the same technique when I worked in an elementary school library. Each year we would have the three second grade classes put into words the wonderful wordless classic, THE SNOWMAN by Raymond Briggs
With each different class we had them decide as a group what the name of the characters in the story were to be. Then 2-3 students would be given one page of the story to tell. We would gather each group’s page, put them in order, and post the entire story on the wall outside the library. The students loved this activity. They enjoyed reading the other two classes’ stories as well–because even using the same illustrations, the three classes’ stories differed. A wonderful way to emphasize the unlimited creativity we each possess–how we each see the world a bit differently.
What a great way to encourage young writers and readers. This activity could easily be used at home as well. The simple truth is the better a child can read and write the better he will do in school. Help your child(ren) become great readers and writers and have fun while doing it.
Anastasia Suen, children’s author of 110 books and an excellent writing teacher, shares her knowledge and inside news in 4 different blogs.
Book of the Week
(highlights a book with links for further exploration of the topic)
Thanks, Anastasia, for the highlight!
Today’s blog is a potpourri of cool stuff.
First off, Kevin Scott Collier
(Guardian Angel Publishing illustrator) will soon start filming a new 30 minute show (DRAWING FOR KICKS
) on the KICKS TV. Kevin will help teach kids how to draw. He’ll get some help from his son Jarod too. For more information, click on the link above.
If you’re a kid who likes to draw, check out some of the links
on my website for places to submit your artwork. Activity TV.com
is a place with online drawing tips for kids. And Launchpadmag.com
is another place to submit student artwork.
is offering a new online writing class for adults. The picture book
writing class starts September 1 and lasts until September 26. The first class emails go out this Friday, August 29. So if you’re interested, don’t delay. Visit Anastasia’s website
. She’s a great teacher–I’ve taken two of her classes myself. And if this class won’t work for you, don’t worry. She’s offers many other options as well.