“Drawing to Retell” is one of my all-time favorite quick writing strategies. It can be used with any topic and can serve as a pre or post assessment. I've shared this strategy with many teachers across the State of Utah and the feedback has been unanimously positive. I had the opportunity to use this strategy with a group of first graders last week and was reminded once again of my love for it. If you have not used this strategy with your kids, try it tomorrow. I promise you won't be disappointed.
I selected the topic "wolf spiders" and checked out a nonfiction book from the library. Before reading the book to the class, I asked students to create a drawing in the top box. We read the book together and discussed our new knowledge about wolf spiders. Then, I asked students to create a second drawing of a wolf spider and to discuss their drawings with a partner. They compared and contrasted their second drawing to the first and discussed new learning. Finally, students wrote about the changes they made to their second drawing, explaining why they made those changes. -Emily
If you love this strategy, you will not want to miss out on our "Writing in Response to Text" pack on TPT. We have put together nine strategies, one for each Reading Informational Text standard.
You can read more about this strategy in the following article.
Fello, S.E., Jalongo, M.R., & Paquette, K.R., (2007). The talking drawing strategy: Using primary children’s illustrations and oral language to improve comprehension of expository text, Early Childhood Education Journal, 35(1), 65-73.