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Seminar ImageIn Pictures and In Words

Based on the PD resource, In Pictures and In Words: Teaching the Qualities of Good Writing Through Illustration Study
Recommended Grade Level: Grades PreK - 2nd

Because beginning writers use drawings as well as writing to make meaning as they compose, it's essential that teachers understand the role that illustrating plays in the overall development of literacy. In this one day seminar, teachers will learn how to make illustration study a vital part of the primary writing workshop. Through illustration study, children can grow to more deeply understand both the process of writing and the qualities of good writing when forward-thinking teachers make the "composing connection" between writing and illustrating clear.

Course Goals:

  • Make plans for instruction that supports the development of stamina in beginning writers.
  • Learn to use the language of process—planning, drafting, revising, editing—to name the decision-making children do as they compose illustrations.
  • Make plans for instruction that teaches children how to read like writers in the context of illustration study.
  • Explore a simple framework for planning an entire unit in illustration study for the writing workshop.
  • Learn to make a composing connection between illustrations and qualities of good writing in five important ways—ideas and content, precision and detail, wholeness of text, tone, and layout and design.

For seminar pricing information, please call 800.541.2086, ext. 1402.