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Sketch to Stretch



Sketch to Stretch is one idea for using sketches in response to reading.


Directions to students:

  • Make a quick drawing of what a story meant to you.
  • Do not make an illustration of the story, rather it should represent your connections to the text.
  • Share your sketch with a partner, or a small group.
  • Ask them to tell you what they see in your sketch.
  • Share your meaning.
  • Discuss each other’s sketches and discuss the different ideas raised by the sketches.

(Adapted from Creating Classrooms for Authors and Inquirers, Kathy G. Short and Jerome Harste, Heinemann, 1996)