Drawing Idea

In a comment today, Alisa described a strategy that she uses with her elementary kids when they do Movie Talk. It is new to me and looks like it has good potential for the little kids, or really any age group. Find the original comment in the comment fields today.

I tried to rewrite her idea below to apply as an extension activity not just to MovieTalk but possibly to stories as well. It could be used at the end of the Reading Options:

  1. On the board, break the story down into 4 to 8 sequenced sentences, depending on the level of the class.
  2. On a sheet of paper, the kids draw as many boxes as there are sentences on the board and then create a (very quick, just to convey the idea) drawing of each sentence. (I like this part because it has the potential to be a time-eater-upper, and, although I enjoy teaching French, I far more prefer getting to the end of the class rested and in good mental space.)
  3. The instructor processes the heck out of the various kids’ drawings under the document camera (e.g. “Look at how Juan drew long whiskers on his cat!”) in the TL. Alisa explains that with the elementary kids they “really want to see each others’ drawings and generally have tremendous patience for seeing all of them, as kids that age want fairness.” Alisa adds that she does offer an opt-out option if someone doesn’t want their drawing screened, but that seldom happens.

This is just my attempt to make Alisa’s idea for MovieTalk work for stories, since I never do MovieTalk and since it’s all about me. Comments/suggestions might be needed because this isn’t completely thought through and Alisa if this isn’t quite right please advise.



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  1. You can also do this to extend a write draw pass. The kids play the game and afterwards you put up kids drawings and sentences on the doc cam and everyone laughs. Kids say stuff like let’s do another one that way we won’t have to learn any more Spanish and the best part it’s all just a ton more input.

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