Visual Storytelling by Denise M. Cassano

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Writing and Illustrating Twisted Fairy Tales

June 14, 2016 | Denise Cassano What if the Big Bad Wolf was framed?

Twisted or “fractured” fairy tales are old, familiar fairy tales told with a twist.  They challenge us to ask “what if”, through words and images.  Writing and illustrating fractured fairy tales gives ... Read More

“Beekle” meets Robert Sabuda’s Pop Ups!

February 9, 2016 | Denise Cassano Make fantastic pop-up books with your students using Dan Santat’s Beekle for inspiration.

Robert Sabuda is well known for his amazing pop-up books.  I wanted to use his pop-up techniques to show my students how paper may be manipulated.  But ... Read More

Through the Keyhole Lesson- My Most Popular Writing Prompt

September 8, 2015 | Denise Cassano

Teaching students to make inferences is a core component of thinking critically.  Using visual writing prompts encourages students to think divergently, and when given time to look and think about the image, students partake in debate about the meaning of ... Read More



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