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My students love Mo Williems and the "Pigeon" series books. For the past 3 years, we have made a class book based on his work. This is a glimpse inside our collaborative class book after I had read In Pictures and in Words. I looked at the book from an entirely different perspective, and we focused on how Mo Williems used illustrations to give voice and tone to his books. Here is our class version. I always begin by using a mentor text to help support the concepts I am teaching. The pigeon series books are developmentally appropriate for Kindergarten and 1st grade students to use as mentor texts to foster their love and skill of making books and using illustrations to support the text and tell the story. We brainstormed a list of what we might not want the pigeon to do. I charted the list together as a class. We then voted on what our topic would be. The students knew they would be using their Writer's Workshop time to create their own pigeon books, so this helped relieve any anxiety about their idea not being chosen. Here is a picture of our list.
Title Page that I illustrated.
Upon reflection, I should have turned that over to the students. Keep on reading and you will see why. They were much more detailed in their illustrations:)
|I love this picture. What do you notice about the drawing ? The clothes are on actual hangers like they would be in the store. The pigeon is covered in snow to support that he is freezing.|
|These little stinkers actually slipped in something to get back at me for being gone to the conference. This is a drawing of our classroom with a view of the front part of our classroom. Notice the right side at the top. That is a whiteboard. They wrote the name of the substitute who had taken my place while I was presenting at the North Carolina conference. This little girl was not happy when I was gone. Notice all of the details of our room. The gray is our Smart Board with our Secret Story Phonics beside it. They have included part of the whiteboard where the date is always written. Three girls worked on this picture and I really enjoyed their conversations while illustrating this page. Sometimes we must take the time to listen as they work.|
|Notice the point of view from the pigeon. My students said that he kept popping in and out to try to talk the reader into taking the money.|
|What do you notice here? I asked what is happening on this page? Their response - The pigeon is starting to get more upset and is popping in and out of the book saying please. Wow - That's a lot of "please" words but represented by pictures.|
|And we end our story with a more calm pigeon and a last view of our classroom. You can tell my students love their Smart Board:) It is shown as black here with our Secret Story Phonics behind it.|
So how do I build stamina in getting my children to write? Model, model, model my enthusiasm and do "Think Alouds about Illustrations" just like I do "Think Alouds" about the comprehension of text. Validate the pictures in the story and give them many examples of mentor text to view and discuss. Give your students time to draw and confirm their attempts at the story telling process. Let them enjoy "making books." A picture IS worth 1000 words.
I referenced The Secret Stories by Katie Garner in my students' illustrations. It is a FANTASTIC phonics' program. For more information click (HERE). For The Secret Stories Face Book page click (HERE).
Thanks for stopping by. My next blog post will show a student sample of a pigeon book that happened during their individual writing time. And you will LOVE her attention to details in her illustrations. Feel free to leave comments, questions, or your thoughts about what you noticed.