Although Katie Wood Ray suggests book titles, she invites teachers to take books that they already know and look at them through a different lens.
I love how she has organized each illustration technique:
1. Something to Notice-Names the illustrative technique
2. Illustrative Example-Provide an example of what this looks like in a picture book.
3. An Understanding for Young Writers and Illustrators-Involves the kind of thinking you might do with the technique.
4. In a Teacher’s Voice: An Idea for Trying it Out-This is just what it says. There is a little script that you might use when discussing the use of this technique with your students,
5. A Writing Connection-This section helps make the composing connection between writing and illustrating. For me, this is the “Aw, Yes!” moment. This is the section I want to understand and internalize. This is the justification for conducting illustrative studies.
Chapter 7: Ideas and Content
This quote from the book caught my eye. Katie Wood Ray mentioned a quote from Pulitzer Prize winner, Annie Dillard, “The writer of any work, and particularly any nonfiction word, must decide two crucial points: what to put in and what to leave out.”
This was an issue with my students’ writing. They write about going to the fair, but the bulk of their writing is about getting in the car and driving. Then they would write, “We had fun.” Sigh…
While it is tempting to tell you about 12 illustrative techniques she talks about in this section, I will just brush on a few.
I already spoke about this book during Chapters 1-6, but I didn’t have the book.
So on Monday, I ran to school and grabbed my copy!Love this book! (Brace yourself… I am going to repeat myself). This is the story of 4 people who go to the same park and interact with each other. However, their perspectives are very different. The park looks very different to the characters (and the readers) because of their perspectives.
Technique #2: “Illustrations have positioning perspective: a central image may be pictured from the front, the back, the side, above, or below.”
The text says, “Then his mom called him and he had to go. He looked sad.”
This young boy is sad to say goodbye to the friend he made at the park. I find this picture extremely effective.
Technique #12 “Illustrations may show the perspective of the narrator, so you actually see things through his or her eyes.” The text on this page says,”Of course, the other dog didn’t mind, but its owner was really angry the silly twit.”
Um… Yes! I can see she was angry. She is peering down at me!
I modeled this technique with my students when I wrote about my trip to Lambert’s Restaurant. This was one of the pages from that book. My students and I co-wrote it.
Then one of my students tried it out.
I am making a big sandcastle.
The next book I wanted to share was another Anthony Browne book, called Willy the Wimp. Sorry this book is out of print, but you maybe able to find it in your library. It is the story of Willy who is bullied by a street gang. So he decides to take action. Anthony Browne likes to use gorillas as his characters… so fun!
Technique #6: “Small, separate scenes can capture what happens over time.”
The text reads,”Willy took up weight lifting, and gradually over weeks and months Willy got bigger… and bigger.. and bigger… AND BIGGER!