For the month of March I will be participating in the Slice of Life Challenge sponsored by The Two Writing Teachers Blog. Each day I will be sharing a Quick Write as my way of slicing. The idea is to offer a SPARK that will kindle thinking and then write as quickly as you can for 5-10 minutes. No filters, no revisions. I’ve been curating a collection of Sparks and will share some with you all month. It’s a great way to ignite your writing life.
Picture This: Reader Response Sketchnote Spark!
Some of the conversations I’ve had with teachers around reading so many books is that we often forget a lot of the plot after a time and then our conversations and recommendations are often not as rich as we wish they were. When I am reading a book with students or that I want to discuss with them I will sometimes quick write a sketchnote after each chapter (or section) that synthesizes the big ideas and captures the story arc. These literally take 2 or 3 minutes and I often lay them out in a comic book/graphic novel form .
Here’s an example of this type of sketchnote quick write :
I just use a composition book and a pen. I went back to add the chapter numbers in orange. If you can draw stick people, circles, and squares you can do this kind of doodle. I simply add a frame after I finish a chapter or two and use a combination of pictures and words to capture the important events. Once you get into this, you’ll be amazed at how much you visualize as you read in order to think about how you’ll represent what you are reading/comprehending. We are doing this with some classes of students this year, but I didn’t get permission to share their work yet so you’ll have to settle for mine as an example.
Give it a try. I’d love to see this SPARK some fun reader responses!