Markers + Paper = A Long Story
Activity DesignerJami Milton
How We Did It
He started drawing a road that connected all the pieces of paper. He added cars, buses, buildings, signs, a train crossing and scribble at the bottom of each page. I asked him what the scribble represented, and he said the words that told the story. This impressed me! Though he can write all the letters for the most part, he stayed focused on the big picture of creating the scenes for his book. He didn't let his lack of know-how on word writing side-track his process.
Once done, he told me his story. He said something like, cars and buses and trains all lived in the great country. The bullet trains went so fast, faster than cars and carried lots of people to the country. Cars drive on the roads and pass the factories with smoke puffing out on top. Cars and buses have to wait at the crossing guards for trains to pass.
Then he got kind of shy about his story, and asked me to tell it. There's so much that's wonderful about this to me. I mean, how great that he took the initiative to create and tell his own story. It turned into the perfect opportunity to talk about what goes into creating a book. We described what's happening on each page and I exemplified how to build a narrative and move a story forward. It was such a fun language lesson for me too! How have you tried making books or telling stories with your kiddos?