Introduction: Retelling a Story Visually
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
• Scenery photos
• Large paper to create organizer of scenes
• Paper (printer paper or construction paper)
Step 2: Description of the Reading Lesson
• 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)
• 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
• After students have their assigned section, they will write a brief description or summary explaining their illustration.
• 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
• 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.
•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
• 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.
• You can use different tabs for the different chapters of the book.
Step 6: Lesson Plan
Attached is the lesson plan of this activity.