Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines The Empty Pot, A Second Read and Deeper Analysis (Part 2) - Section 4: Independent Writing


How did my students do with using the illustrations to determine a deeper understanding of the plot? Let's look at some samples.

In the writing piece, spring, the writer does a good job of stating how he knows it's spring because of what the illustrations show. He gives an examples such as birds flying. He does state how Ping has planted seeds but I think he is confusing the content of the other page.

Next, the writer in the piece, TheOtherKidsAreLaughingAtPIng, states he understands that this story is about any empty pot because Ping brings his empty pot to the Emperor. As he does this, the other kids laugh at him. He provides good details.

Finally, the writer of the piece, Ping a seed, states how Ping received a seed and how Ping takes care of it by putting soil and water in the pot. This writer combines details provided by the text too.

Overall, I feel it was important to analyze the illustrations, and the students had success with the process. In this text, the illustrations offer rich details and I wanted my students to pay attention to them. I wanted my students to understand how sometimes the illustrations enhance the storyline. I feel my students got the message. For my English Language Learners, I need to keep reviewing this skill.

  Writing Across the Disciplines: What Do the Illustrations Tell Us?
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The Empty Pot, A Second Read and Deeper Analysis (Part 2)

Unit 10: The Empty Pot
Lesson 4 of 5

Objective: SWBAT analyze the illustrations and text to deepen their understanding of the author's craft in a literary text.

Big Idea: The Emperor frowns upon seeing all the beautiful flowers brought by the children of the kingdom. Yet, Ping stands before the Emperor with an empty pot. What will happen next?

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