We’re well on our way through Katherine Applegate’s The One and Only Ivan as a class read aloud. Actually, it’s a class read aloud 2.0. Throughout our reading we are listening for stand out lines that represent excellent language, word choice, training our ears to hear the figurative language and the deeper meanings beyond lines like “Humans waste words,” and “Anger is precious,” and “Here, I have no one to protect.”
We’re also writing and thinking and predicting and drawing. I recently asked students to select a style of drawing – Ivan or Julia – and create an illustration while I read. I then scanned in their drawings and put them to music by using an Animoto free trial. If any readers use Animoto on a regular basis or have thoughts to share about using it, I would love your input.
I was amazed by the talent some of them displayed and I learned a few things myself – half sheets of paper, landscape orientation work best for the videos, scanning papers to my email as images is a lifesaver, and given time, space and opportunity students will create masterpieces. That last one, I knew all along, but it was great to see it in action again!