I'm back for Chapter 3! Sorry it's a day late, I had an interview yesterday and couldn't concentrate on anything else! I'm getting observed this Friday for an hour before they make their final decision so PLEASE keep me in your prayers this week friends!
Here's what stuck with me from Chapter 3:
- For young children, drawing is writing.
- Drawing is how young children represent and understand meaning. (For example, my students almost always first start making connections to text through illustrations. Even now they tend to base predictions of books based more on the cover than the actual title).
- Drawing is an essential step in language development (particularly in connecting thought and speech).
- Drawing allows children to go deeper in their stories!
I definitely need to teach about drawing next year. It's the primary way in which my four year-olds communicate! Frankly, I'm amazed they developed as much as they did considering I never did a single mini-lesson on drawing. I'd like you to take a look at the incredible difference one of my authors made in the short space of a month.
The first book by this particular author was definitely interesting! It contained mostly scribbles and he was unable to recall what he had drawn afterwards. There wasn't much story structure (notice it is missing a resolution or ending). He didn't enjoy making books and seldom chose to do so; when he did he hurried through.
The first thing I had to do was validate his identity as an author. He shared during Author Share the same as everyone else, received feedback, and gradually came to see himself as a writer. I accepted his approximations and met him where he was at. My first major teaching point was that pictures match the story in a book! Not only did I mention this in his individual conferences, but I pointed this out during Read Alouds. A few weeks later he produced this work...
See the difference? Wow! He was consciously connecting his thoughts to his drawing on the paper. Yay!
P.S. Note that I never write in student books until they have been shared in Author Share and are ready to go home! From the beginning I communicate to my students that they are responsible for remembering the meaning of their story and for writing a story that communicates meaning to their readers!
So how can I do a better job of supporting students as illustrators next year? Basically the authors suggest LET CHILDREN DRAW! Let them draw a variety of objects (real and imaginary), across all content areas, all day long. Be a role-model for learning and drawing yourself! I can't WAIT to read Chapter 4 and get some great lessons about the craft of drawing!
The following books are great for teaching kids of various ages how to draw, but are my favorite with young artists! Check out the entire series for each title below!