This post is part of my project to get rid of papers I haven’t looked at in forever (but still contain good ideas) by making them ‘digital’ here.
The symbol illustration idea is from a course I took in graduate school on teaching literacy to (mostly elementary) English-language learners. It seemed to me an idea easily adapted to various situations, content, and levels.
- colored paper
After reading and discussing some type of literature together (in my course it was Esperanza Rising),
- Decide what you think is the most important object in the book.
- Cut a large sheet of colored paper into the shape of that object.
- In the middle of the object, write a sentence describing why you think that was the most important object.
- In the rest of the space, draw other important objects, with a sentence under each that describes its importance.
My symbol illustration of Esperanza Rising:
- Ask for an oral presentation of the symbol illustration when it is finished.
- Make the illustration a timeline instead – on a long sheet of paper, draw a line horizontally in the middle. Above, put positive symbols. Below, put negative symbols. All should be sequential and should be used to retell the story emphasizing mood changes.
- Ask students to choose a symbol that may also symbolize something in their life and describe this.
- Use VoiceThread or other storyboarding or digital storytelling tools to make this project digital/paperless.