Monday, June 24, 2013

Chapter 4: The Craft of Drawing

Wow! Chapter 4 is packed with lots and lots of great lessons. I wanted to hit on the high lights that REALLY stuck out to me.

One of my favorite quotes of the whole chapter was "Effective writing is built from specific, accurate pieces of information."(pg. 70)

The drawing aspect is really the students showing you what information they know. A goal for my class in the fall is to STOP and really LOOK at books that we are reading. It's so important for us, as teachers, to show our students how to observe and learn from books- all parts of the books, pictures included. I created this adorable little poster for my kiddos:

By the way, I am currently in love with the chevron pack from Blair Turner.

One of the other ideas that I love is using a checklist to keep track of what my students are writing about from day to day.

My favorite lesson was (pg 94) "Going Beyond Safe Drawings". Do you have students who draw the same thing day after day after day after day.... *both hands up in the air over here*

I'm also going to grab the picture books that were mentioned!

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  1. Jennifer, I found your blog through the Wishlist Linky Party and I have to tell you, I love your book "Green Square, Green Square." I've also patterned several books myself off that Eric Carle book, but I never thought to do it with shapes! What a wildly creative idea!

    I'm your latest follower and I'm going now to look at your TPT store. I'd love it if you could stop by my blog. :)

    Sharon Dudley, NBCT
    Teaching with Sight

  2. I have never read any of the books they mentioned in this chapter. I may have to check them out. I also agree with you, the "safe drawings" lesson was my highlight. I see this over and over in my classroom.