Reflection: Rigor The Empty Pot, A Second Read and Deeper Analysis (Part 1) - Section 5: Independent Writing


I work to develop lessons to help my students become aware of different aspects in text that carry meaning. Today I helped them pay close attention the illustrations. Why? The illustrations in this story add to the storyline. In my experience, to assume that students will pay attention to them on their own is a bad idea. I need to direct my students' attention to what information available in the illustrations.

After analyzing their writing, I think my students did well in understanding how the illustrations contributed to their knowledge of words. For example, when we looked at the word "proclamation," the context clues were not enough. Thus, I asked them to look at the illustrations. One of the students wrote how the illustrations helped her to understand the word. She states how she saw a person carrying a paper and people around the person. She writes how the person must be making an announcement. This is exactly what I was looking for.

In addition, another student wrote how the illustration shows many types of animals the Emperor likes. The text only states the Emperor likes birds and animals. Yet, the illustration tell us more details about how the Emperor specifically likes ducks, butterflies, peacocks, and cranes, to name a few.

In this writing piece, tended, the writer does a good job explaining what new information was gathered from the illustrations as well as how they better understood the word tended better by seeing the beautiful illustrated garden.

This other student noticed that is spring time given the clues found in the illustrations. While this may look simple, it is not easy for my students. They benefit from the practice and their reading is enhanced and they become better readers. They are walking away with a better understanding of the value of illustrations.

  Rigor: Reflecting on How The Illustrations Helped Them to Better Understand the Story
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The Empty Pot, A Second Read and Deeper Analysis (Part 1)

Unit 10: The Empty Pot
Lesson 3 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 illustrations are filled with rich details about the story. Ooohhh, what details can be found in them? I can't wait to find out!

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