Strategy 41: Sketch-to-Stretch
A Visual Comprehension Strategy (p. 126-128)
What is it?
- Focuses on theme, main event, character purpose, or story structure
- Not a picture of favorite part or character
- 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
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.
Connection To Literacy Standards
- 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.