Wordless Books… (Cassady)
WORDLESS PICTURE BOOKS ARE NOT JUST FOR KINDERGARTNERS! I feel that many people do not realize the value of picture books and wordless picture books to students after they can read. However, they can be used to help simplify a difficult concept, spur on creativity and engage students of all ages. Wordless picture books can also be used as a motivator for struggling readers. When they ‘read’ the book they will begin to see that they can read too. Wordless picture books can also be used to motivate reluctant writers and ESL students. The wordless picture books allow each reader to make the story their own; having students record their version of the book can get even the most reluctant writer to write. After all isn’t that our goal, to get kids to write?
Story Development:Using Wordless Pictures Books (Reese):
To begin with Reese had the class write the story for a wordless picture book, they shared it with others and edited it, then they did the same process with pairs and finally on their own. I think that having student write in pairs, share their story and revise them will really help develop writers. Writing the story for a wordless picture book helped students learn to sequence events and to add detail to their stories as well as the basic mechanics for writing.
Graphic Novels for (Really) Young Readers (Lyga):
Graphic novels require the reader to do more “brain work” than reading traditional books. When you read a wordless graphic novel you play a part in developing the story. The article makes a valid point about using graphic novels- when you select the novel you must read through it for both appropriate plot and pictures. There are great graphic novels out there for elementary students but be careful when selecting them.
In addition to reading graphic novels, students can write captions for a graphic novel, and write/illustrate their own graphic novel.