By illustrating particular events or sections of a story students can improve their comprehension and interpretation of the selection. Students employ personal understandings and responses when they visually depict story characters, settings, events and objects.
- to develop students' imaginations
- to develop students' ability to interpret and visualize aural and printed information
- to develop students' understanding that illustrations can clarify and extend the text and assist story comprehension
- to increase students' awareness of various illustrating media and techniques
- Introduce this activity by using picture books.
- Choose a story with characters, events and settings that are interesting and relevant to students.
- Establish a purpose for listening by asking students to imagine or visualize the story as it is read aloud.
- Encourage students to imagine how things look, sound, feel, smell and taste.
- Do not share the book illustrations with students.
- Stop reading occasionally to review students' comprehension of story events or ask students to tell you what they saw during certain story parts or events.
- Model such descriptions and details by closing your eyes and sharing what you saw as you read.
- Expect that following discussion, students could:
- illustrate favourite story events or characters
- design a cover for the book
- individually or in pairs illustrate particular sections of the text.
- Ask students to compare their illustrations with those of the book illustrator and with the illustrations of peers, commenting on what details they wanted to include, why they chose certain colours, and what storybook or life experiences they are reminded of by the pictures.
- Review students' illustrations periodically to determine growth in the kinds and amount of details illustrated.
- Observe the level of enthusiasm for illustrating selections.
- Note which selections or activities result in the most enthusiastic efforts.
- Encourage and value individual interpretations and illustrations.
- Emphasize that book illustrations represent the illustrator's interpretations and bias.
- Frequently discuss illustrations, the artists' techniques and the details provided in pictures.
- Encourage students to discuss images evoked by literary selections they hear--not all selections should be followed by an illustrating activity.