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Handmade Thinking: Drawing Out Reading

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Slides for April 26 2013 Texas Library Association presentation by Laurence Musgrove, www.laurencemusgrove.com

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Handmade Thinking: Drawing Out Reading

  1. 1. Handmade Thinking:Drawing Out ReadingDr. Laurence MusgroveEnglish and Modern LanguagesAngelo State Universitywww.laurencemusgrove.com@lemusgro #handmadethinking
  2. 2. “In fact, without visualization, studentscannot comprehend, and reading cannotbe said to be reading.”Reading is Seeing, Jeffrey Wilhelm
  3. 3. My Contract: $1001. Feed me2. Let me sleep on your couch3. I’ll sell and sign some books
  4. 4. Z Z Z
  5. 5. Boring!
  6. 6. ?
  7. 7. Me !Me !
  8. 8. WHY?Drawing with guided practice andchoice in visual formats can increasereadingengagement, comprehension, as wellas collaborative problem-solving andcritical thinking.
  9. 9. Drawing is Thinking• The hand focuses the mind and body• Focus = engagement = presence = mindfulness
  10. 10. Handmade Thinking as Engagement• Physical, emotional, mental engagementstrategy made possible by drawing responsesto literary and non-literary texts• Reading = presence
  11. 11. Introduction to Drawing
  12. 12. PeoplePlacesThings
  13. 13. Twos
  14. 14. Family
  15. 15. Amount
  16. 16. Action
  17. 17. GUIDELINES FOR HANDMADE RESPONSES1. Using one of the 21 visual formats, respond to argument ornarrative of reading assignment2. White paper – landscape format3. Three colors – black may be one of those colors4. Combination of words and images5. On reverse: name of selected format(s)6. Corresponding citation from text with page number
  18. 18. OK, Let’s read and draw.
  19. 19. HANDMADE RESPONSES IN CLASS1. Students share responses with each other2. They tell each other what they liked best about drawings3. They tell whole class which format they selected4. They are offered opportunity to share to whole class –displayed on overhead5. They are assigned question or activity related to readingassignment6. When evaluating handmade responses, I select best drawingsfor display at beginning of the next class
  20. 20. OK, Let’s read and draw together.
  21. 21. Teaching Handmade Thinking as a Process1. Introduce visual and handmade thinking2. Show 21 formats and examples3. Introduce simple drawing strategies in response to“I can’t draw!”4. Students create first handmade responses5. Individual students share format selected6. Students share in small groups7. Teacher shows exemplary student examples8. Teacher nudges students into other formats9. Small groups assigned to create new response innew format10. Group leader presents collaborative response
  22. 22. TAKE AWAYDrawing with guided practice andchoice in visual formats can increasereadingengagement, comprehension, as wellas collaborative problem-solving andcritical thinking.
  23. 23. Handmade Thinking:Drawing Out ReadingDr. Laurence MusgroveEnglish and Modern LanguagesAngelo State Universitywww.laurencemusgrove.com@lemusgro #handmadethinking

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