Monday, November 12, 2012

Speech Bubble Writing

If you're like me, you have hundreds of printed photos with no real purpose. I usually keep them in a large box and the kids like to go through them once in a while. This past weekend we decided to use them as motivation for writing. 

Each child went through and chose their favourites.

Using a pre-cut 'speech bubble', Cadence wrote what she thought the person in the photo might be saying. It was a great mini lesson on what speech bubbles are, what the context of a picture is (the people, setting, activities, etc.), and what a good statement might be. We discussed how some statements might be factual to help describe the picture, and others might be fictional and meant to entertain.

I loved reading what Cadence decided to write for each picture!

Caleb did some writing too!

In addition to being a fun way to use up old photos and encourage writing, teachers who use photos for assessment purposes might consider using speech bubble writing to help children reflect upon their activities in photos, and then add these to children's portfolios or a documentation panel in the classroom.

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