I sometimes teach writing through the use of an AVID strategy called One-Pagers. Students must find excerpts from a text to analyze, draw a visual representation (picture) of what they’ve read, and include an eight sentence personal response analyzing the text.
While I was walking around monitoring their work, I noticed many of them had the same questions about the fomatting of the project. I thought to myself, “Why don’t I just do a One-Pager on the whiteboard with them?” So I did.
Here are some One-Pagers I drew in my classroom along with my students. I didn’t complete the eight sentence paragraph (I didn’t want to help them too much), but I did include some of the more “aesthetic” aspects of the assignment.
Including art within my teaching is so beneficial. By doing this, my students became very eager to finish the product. It also helped them visualize the Greek gods and demigods in a more clearly defined way.
Here’s one more, dealing with the internal conflict a character struggles with in the short story “Thank You, M’am” by Langston Hughes.
And then from Rudyard Kipling’s “Rikki-tikki-tavi.”