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“Beekle” meets Robert Sabuda’s Pop Ups!

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

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

Five Critical Thinking Websites for You and Your Students

“Kids can’t think anymore,” is something I hear quite often in teaching.  Between Common Core, governmental control over curriculum minutia, and parents who micro-manage, over-schedule and simply do too much for their kids, there is no time for children to … Read More

Use this Story Starter Illustration as Your Next Writing Prompt

Looking for something to write about? Use my illustration, Vegetable Medley, to inspire your next story!

Use the following written story starters and incorporate one or more into your next amazing tale:

  • As the sun went down, he held … Read More

Use Picture Book Art to Write Your Best Story

Whether you are an artist or a writer, staring at a blank page is nerve wracking. We are all looking to be inspired and excited about our craft.  Using art- looking at it for characters, texture, setting and mood- can … Read More

Three Steps to Using Art as a Visual Writing Prompt

Knights, dragons, queens and wizards… all the making of a great story.  The illustration Knight Time utilizes all of these details- and more- to inspire creative writing.  Visual writing prompts should be dynamic and intriguing, something clip art can not … Read More

Butterfly Effect Story Starter Writing Prompt

Science and art make a perfect marriage for illustrations, especially when you make narrative art.  My latest Story Starter writing prompt illustration, I was inspired by chaos theory.

Chaos theory is fascinating- we see it every day in life, whether … Read More

Narrative Art and Story Elements Part 5: Character

This is part five of How to Use Narrative Art to Teach Elements of a Story. Part one discussed setting, and part two discussed conflict, part three discussed point of view, and part four discussed plot.  This part discusses characters.

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Narrative Art and Story Elements Part 4: Plot

This is part four of How to Use Narrative Art to Teach Elements of a story. Part one discussed setting, and part two discussed conflict, part three discussed point of view, and this part discusses plot.

Analyzing narrative art teaches … Read More

Narrative Art and Story Elements Part 3: Point of View

This is part three of How to Use Narrative Art to Teach Elements of a story. Part one discussed setting, and part two discussed conflict.

Analyzing narrative art teaches students how to observe and think critically about the world around … Read More

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