Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Writing Strands Wednesday- Exercise 2: 1 & 2 (with illustration experiment)





(pg. 8)
The provided Past Tense core sentence:


The boy found the dog.



Their Questions and My Answers

1) How old was the boy? Twelve years old

2) What color was the dog? Purple

3) What kind of dog did the boy find?  Plastic

4) What did the boy use to tie the dog? Spaghetti

5) Where was the boy when he found the dog? In Spain 



The boy found the dog.

The twelve year old boy found the dog.

The twelve year old boy found the purple dog.

The boy, twelve, found the purple, plastic dog.

The twelve year boy found the purple, plastic dog and used spaghetti to tie him up.

When he sauntered through Spain, the twelve year old boy found the purple, plastic dog and tied him up with spaghetti.


Or,

In Spain, the twelve year old boy found the purple, plastic dog which he tied up with spaghetti.

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I did a little experiment with Charlotte.  I folded a piece of blank paper so there were six sections.
I asked her to draw an illustration a sentence that I would read to her.  I read them one at a time and allowed her to draw in between my reading.  This way, she wouldn't know how the "story" progressed.


She only took a few minutes for each picture, but...
It was very fascinating to see how each interpretation of the sentence changed as more information was given!

I would love to make a "building sentences" picture book.  It was rather fun :)


#1 The boy found the dog.


#2 The twelve year old boy found the dog.


#3 The twelve year old boy found the purple dog.



#4 The boy, twelve, found the purple, plastic dog.



#5 The twelve year boy found the purple, plastic dog and used spaghetti to tie him up.



#6 When he sauntered through Spain, the twelve year old boy found the purple, plastic dog 
and tied him up with spaghetti.

1 comment:

Lisa said...

The illustrations are a great way to for the child to see why detail is important. Great idea! We started Writing Strands last year, put it away, and now I'm ready to get it out again.

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