Using Wordless Books for Language Arts

Students of all ages like well crafted wordless books. Young readers/ writers and those who are struggling can tell a story when given these types of books. There is not a right way to narrate what is happening and children do not have to create a story line since it is already in the book.

Here are some ideas to get your child talking and the pencil moving.

  • You can partner write with Post-it notes the events of the story. You can take turns telling the story and writing the details. If your child is reluctant to write, then you can be the scribe.
  • For new/ struggling/ reluctant writers, they can use Post-it notes and just write brief words that some of the characters would say. For instance, “Help!” or “Watch out!”
  • Write and/or illustrate a sequel to the story.

A favorite of mine and my students is Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner. Mr. Wuffles is a cat who has a plethora of toys, but is not interested in any of them. Well, he is interested in one, a spaceship. What ensues is sure to make your student want to tell you what is happening.

I hope you get to try this activity with your writer. Have a great week! ~Lisa~

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