Report from the Field – Greg Schwab

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  1. So the first thing that jumps out here is that Greg “was feeling” an individually created character. I have long felt that the best stories emerge from individually and not group created (OWI) characters. Both are options, but when I first invented the Invisibles with my awesome 6th graders in New Delhi in Jan. of 2016, it was all individually created and the OWI part didn’t get added in until August of 2016, so 8 months later.

    (OWI is a great technique for teaching the class about the rules, about working together, and training the artists and breaking in a good Profe 2, but it doesn’t pack the power that individually created characters do in actual Invisibles stories.)

    The second thing that Greg said is how the quality of the image, the art work, is what swayed him into choosing it for an Invisibles story. That is a big deal to the kids. Usually it’s got to be both the quality of the art work AND the quality of the back page of the drawing, the responses to the six prompts, esp. the character’s problem, fear and secret, to make it into a story.

    Greg is right about the power of where and with whom in the process leading up to the choice of the problem.

    Now what he suggests above, if I am reading it right and it is important, is reading to the group the problem/fear/secret that the student who created the character provided on the back of the drawing, and then simply asking in L1 what the kids prefer. Is it the problem that the creator of the character suggested on the back of the page, or something else?

    This is strong. I will add it to a Q and A collection to be added to any future editions of A Natural Approach to Stories.

  2. Greg, so you’ve already had your students create an invisible character with a back story, right? You don’t think it’s too early in the year? I’m wondering if my students are ready now heading into our 6th week of the year.

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