Sound like a familiar theme? If I believe nothing else about our youngest writers, it is this idea that their achievement is firmly, inexorably connected to our expectations! And this week in first grade, as we began the work of drafting our graphic narratives, it was beautifully evident.
Let me walk you through our process. And remember, this is after we have already written four stories, chosen one, and gone back and elaborated on the chosen piece in our sketchbooks!
To start, we listed verbs describing our movements and actions in the beginnings of our stories. Then, we added adjectives to describe how we were feeling as we moved. These first pictures are the ones I am using as a model for the students.
Next, we used a template to gather our thoughts and begin drafting. I wanted the writers to have a storyboard of sorts on which to record all of their thinking and planning relevant to individual story panels.
Below is some of the art of this most amazing group of first grade graphic narrative authors!!! We have just begun the creative work of drawing our stories, and it is not without its challenges. But, just look at the composition of these story panels! Each panel represents an author's composing process - prewriting, sketching, writing, drafting, revising and represents the writing domains of idea, organization, word choice, voice, sentence fluency (through illustration).
Because, I know...