Strategy 41: Sketch-to-Stretch

A Visual Comprehension Strategy (p. 126-128)

What is it?

A visual comprehension strategy where students draw pictures, diagrams, shapes, or symbols to convey what the story means to them

- Focuses on theme, main event, character purpose, or story structure

- Not a picture of favorite part or character


- Helps students deepen their understanding of the story.

- Specifically deepens understanding of theme.

- Helps students realize there is more than one interpretation to a story, therefore more than one theme.

How to Use

1. Read and Respond to Story: read and discuss in class discussion or reading logs

2. Discuss Themes: talk about themes and different ways to symbolize/ visually represent meaning

3. Draw Sketches: Students draw sketches about what story means to them.

- Focus on theme/ meaning

- Avoid drawing favorite part or character

- Emphasize artistic ability is less important than interpretation

4. Share the Sketches: Students meet in small groups and share sketch.

- Group members discuss what they believe the students symbols/drawing represents

5. Share some Sketches: Each group chooses one sketch to share with the class

6. Revise Sketches and Make Final Copies: Depending on feedback received or ideas they observed from other classmate, student can add to sketch. A final copy can be made if sketches are being used as projects.

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Connection To Literacy Standards

Connects to reading and literature

- Students explain what a text quote say and draw inferences from it.

- Students apply their knowledge of the structure and craft of stories.

- Students read and comprehend grade-appropriate stories.