Introduction: Retelling a Story Visually

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This activity adheres to reading, writing, and visual art standards for second graders. Students learn the importance of comprehension, summarizing, and presenting their information in various mediums. 

Step 1: Materials

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• Scenery photos
• Pencils
• Large paper to create organizer of scenes
• Paper (printer paper or construction paper)
• Crayons
• Markers

Step 2: Description of the Reading Lesson

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• To begin this lesson, the teacher completes a read aloud to the children. In this activity, I chose to use Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus (#1) by Barbara Park.
• After reading, create a large sheet that contains all of the various sections that children can illustrate. (It is fine to have repeats, but be sure that all main ideas are covered)

Tips: 
• Throughout the read aloud, be sure to ask students various questions. This is a longer book so it will not be completed in one day. Be sure to ask students to help summarize what has happened in the past to reiterate the different events.
• Use a big sheet of paper or something permanent that you can reference in case there are mix-ups to write down the events of the story and which students are responsible for it.

Step 3: Description of the Writing Lesson

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• After students have their assigned section, they will write a brief description or summary explaining their illustration.

Tips:
• If students don't know what to write, ask them to explain their image.
• Provide the book to students if they want to learn how to spell specific words or names conventionally.

Step 4: Description of the Visual Art Activity

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• Prior to passing out materials, provide students with pictures of various scenes/settings used in the book. This will enable them to have something to reference while illustrating. 
• Demonstrate how geometric shapes can be incorporated to make drawing things easier.
• Pass out materials to the students and talk with them about their ideas.
• Provide students with any help they may need.
• Students are required to illustrate the event that they were assigned using color. They can use crayons, markers, or colored pencils.

Tips:
•When passing out the photos,talk about them and how they relate to the story.
• Don't expect students to complete this assignment all in one sitting. (2 days of approximately 30 minutes)

Step 5: Description of the Presentation

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• After they have completed this entire activity, the students will present their illustrations and summaries to the class.
• Each picture will be presented in chronological order. After they present, be sure to collect the pictures.
• Place all illustrations in a binder or bind them in a book. This is a great reference for students to use to help them retell the story.

Tips:
• You can use different tabs for the different chapters of the book.

Step 6: Lesson Plan

Attached is the lesson plan of this activity.

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