Writer’s Workshop Illustration Study! We have been using mentor texts to learn the qualities of writing in our kindergarten class. Specifically, we are looking at the work of illustrators.
I have fallen in love with Katie Wood Ray’s book, In Pictures and in Words. It is about teaching writing through illustration study… Perfect for emergent writers!!
Favorite books = Mentor Texts
We decided to look at some of our favorite books to launch this study. When I model my writing (drawing), I have always drawn with a black marker. Then used crayons to color. So I have asked my students to draw the picture in pencil. Then they can color with their crayons.
Then I asked my students to give it a try during writing time.
Left: This child wrote about a bike ride he took at night. Then he explained to me that stars come in many colors. (Yes, that totally happened).
Right: Princesses go shopping! [Well, of course, they do!]
Left: Roasting marshmallows… naturally in high heels!
Right: Sometimes princesses go to the jewelry store. [No additional comment needed.]
After our first day, I saw an elevation in the care my students took with their illustrations. I can’t wait to see the progression of their illustrations over the next few weeks.
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