Innovative
Classroom

Picture This

Writing Lesson Plan

Objectives
Students will put words to A Boy, A Dog, and A Frog , a wordless story by Mercer Mayer.

Materials
A Boy, A Dog, and A Frog by Mercer Mayer; paper; pencil

Procedure

  1. Ask your students if they can explain the following saying: "A picture is worth a thousand words." Discuss explanations with the class
  2. Share the book with your class.
  3. Pose the following questions:
    • Did you understand this story even though there were no words?
    • Did it make it better or worse?
    • Would words have helped, or were the pictures sufficient?
    • What if there were only words, and not pictures—would the story have the same effect/ feeling?
  4. Tell the class that they are going to put words to the pictures. Discuss how their words need to stand alone as a story just as the pictures stand alone as a story. The idea is to paint this story with words rather than pictures.
  5. Have students brainstorm things to include, such as setting, plot, descriptive words, names, expressions, dialogue, background noise, the five senses, emotions, etc.
  6. Have them write their stories and share them with each other. This part of the activity should be extended to use the Writing Process so students have a chance to reflect on their writing and revise.

Closure
Critically evaluate your stories: Were you able to paint a picture with your words? How so? If not, why? What was difficult/easy? Do you think it is easier/harder to tell a story with pictures or words? What kinds of things did you add to your story to help make a picture in the mind of the reader? Have another class read these stories and draw what they see. This will help students to see if their stories were able to paint the picture.

Evaluation
Read students' reflections on this activity. What did they seem to learn about telling a story? Were the stories logical and descriptive? Were students able to give suggestions for writing a good, descriptive story?

More Lesson Plans

Animal Alphabetizing
Predicting Story Outcome - June 29, 1999
The Gettysburg Address
The Olympic Rings
Coming to America
Assembly Line
Can You Sell Your Cereal?
One-difference Classification Train
What is the Bill of Rights?
Have We Always Had Jeans?
Draw a Scientist
National Anthems of the World
Map Your House
Picture This
House of H
Homemade Ice Cream
Makeshift Tambourines
Macaroni Pattern Necklaces
Cinderella Cinderella
"Classville"
Melting Ice
Day to Day Learning Guide
Cuisenaire Fractions
Where We Live
Digit Place Game
Steal the Bacon
MLK Internet Photo Timeline
Fact versus Opinion
Our National Symbol
Class Ketchup
Pueblo Pottery
Calculator Buying
Perspectives in Writing
The Missing Word
Dancin’ Raisins
Ones and Tens
Shoes: Practical vs. Fashionable
Painting Music
Polygons: Angles vs. Sides
Crows and Cranes
Density
LogoWriter: Create a Square
The African American Inventor
Where Do You Live?
O’Keeffe’s Flowers
Bridge Building
Class Rap