Print these nine story-poems below for your child to illustrate.
The act of illustrating: Interpreting a story through imagination is one of the joys of reading. In addition, illustrating a story promotes the development of the following literacy skills:
- stimulates creativity
- encourages visualization
- strengthens attentive listening for detail
- promotes the recall of detail
- orders the sequence of events
- interprets character attitude, emotion, and tone
- analyzes cause and effect
- supports literal comprehension (“The car was red.”)
- supports interpretive comprehension (answering who, what, where, when, why … “the sun was peeking over the hill as Billy crawled from under the covers.” When? It was morning, although the sentence never actually said that it was morning.)
- supports critical comprehension (Was the story real or make-believe? “Could this have happened?”)
- supports creative comprehension (Have your child continue the story beyond the author’s presentation. “What do you think happened next, the following week, …?”
Directions: Print the text from one of the story-poems below. Read it to your child, giving him the opportunity to illustrate the content.
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