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  • I’m interested in two problems I’ve encounteredin the English classroom. And when I say the English classroom, I mean any class, writing, literature, undergraduate, and graduate.
  • Students don’t read what I assign them to read.
  • Students don’t read what I assign them in a critical way
  • How can we create more engaged and critical readers?
  • Some teachers give pop quizzes.
  • Some teachers give participation grades.
  • Some teachershave students write daily responses about what they read. I do this.
  • Some teachers have students draw their responses. I also do this.
  • My ideas about using “handmade thinking” in English began after I read Dan Roam’s The Back of the Napkin. Dan Roam argues that drawing can be a powerful tool for problem-solving and presenting one’s ideas to others.
  • Here they are in five groups.
  • The first group included those similar to Dan Roam’s portraits and maps. We could also think of these as the “noun” group.
  • Portraits
  • Maps
  • The next group includes images in pairs.
  • This a comic panel with two people in dialogue.
  • Comparison/contrast
  • Venn diagram
  • Seesaw
  • Scales
  • Some images indicate the growth of and relationship between ideas.
  • Like a tree.
  • The common web for brainstorming and mindmapping.
  • The organizational chart.
  • Which becomes a genealogical chart if you flip it.
  • There are images that show, like Dan Roam says, quantities or how much.
  • Bar charts
  • Pie charts
  • And multivariable charts. Roam puts this in the “why?” category.
  • And finally, some images show a progression over time.
  • Timeline
  • Before and after. Also, could fit in the “pairs” category.
  • The equation.
  • A flow chart.
  • Freytag’s pyramid plot line
  • This is another multivariable chart or +/- plot line that shows progression up and down and left to right. I learned about this from my friend Austin Kleon who learned it from Kurt Vonnegut’s book Palm Sunday. I don’t know where Kurt Vonnegut learned it.
  • This image is sediment, layers moving from bottom to top.
  • Here they are again.
  • Mary Karr’s CHERRY
  • “A Clean Well-Lighted Place” by Ernest Hemingway
  • Thoreau’s JOURNALS
  • from “The Population Bomb” by Paul Ehrlich
  • from THE END OF NATURE by Bill McKibben
  • “Heat” by Joyce Carol Oates
  • “The Journey” by Edith Wharton
  • “A Journey” by Edith Wharton
  • from SAND COUNTY ALMANAC by Aldo Leopold


  • 1. “In fact, without visualization, studentscannot comprehend, and reading cannotbe said to be reading.” Reading is Seeing, Jeffrey Wilhelm
  • 2. Handmade Thinking: Drawing Out Reading Laurence Musgrove Professor and ChairDepartment of English and Modern Languages Angelo State University
  • 3. ZZZ
  • 4. BORING!
  • 5. ?
  • 6. Me !Me !
  • 7. WHY? Drawing with guided practice and choice in visual formats can increasereading engagement, comprehension, as well as creative problem-solving and critical thinking.
  • 8. Drawing is Thinking• The hand focuses the mind• Focus = engagement = presence = mindfulness
  • 9. Introduction to Drawing
  • 10. PeoplePlacesThings
  • 11. Twos
  • 12. Family
  • 13. Amount
  • 14. Action
  • 15. Individual Practice
  • 16. TAKE AWAY Drawing with guided practice and choice in visual formats can increasereading engagement, comprehension, as well as creative problem-solving and critical thinking.
  • 17. Simple Drawing Strategies Austin Kleon – a blog post Dave Gray – a video Sunni Brown – an article Sunni Brown – an R-rated video Ed Emberley – a video Brandy Agerbeck – a video