The act of illustrating: Interpreting a story through imagination is one of the joys of reading. In addition, illustrating a story promotes the development of the following literacy skills: stimulates creativity, encourages visualization, strengthens attentive listening for detail, promotes the recall of detail, orders the sequence of events, interprets character attitude, emotions, and tone, analyzes cause and effect
supports literal comprehension, supports interpretive comprehension, supports critical comprehension, supports creative comprehension (Have your child continue the story beyond the author's presentation.
Directions: Print the text from one of the story-poems below. Read it to your child, giving him the opportunity to illustrate the content. We recommend that your child make a pencil drawing first, coloring in the details using crayons.
Bob's dad is tall like a telephone pole
And strong as a bulldozer's throttle
Sue's dad is smart like a scientist
And handsome as a model
I saw Mike's dad pick up a snake
to save his cat from fear
Jake's dad took him to the coast
and walked out on the pier
Some dads wear uniforms to work
Keeping our country well
Other's cook or keep the books
Some have tales to tell
But my dad is the best of all !
My dad says, "This is true".
Because God gave him just to me
He loves me through and through
The UPS man came to our door.
I thought it was for me.
Did Grandma send a birthday gift?
Or Uncle Rog, a tree?
The box was big, like crates ofgrapes,
Or a TV screen.
Was it filled with candy canes?
Or peppermint ice cream?
It had an “A” right on the box.
The only letter I knew.
Gee, I wish that I could read.
I’d have another clue.
Tim opened the box from right toleft,
Or was it left to right?
He said “from Amazon.com.”
Books! What a beautiful sight!
I worry about the next school year
I’m moving up a grade.
Will I still have my recess with
Old friends that I have made?
What if my lunch is far away
And I get lost at 10?
What if the teacher calls on me
When I have dropped my pen?
I try to keep inside my thoughts
The good things I will do.
But what if I should lose a book
Or spill the classroom glue?
I guess that we all worry,
Teacher told me that last year.
She said to hang our worries
On her hat rack - next to fear.