A Book by Louie

By Jenna Richter | June 3, 2016 | Literacy, Project Work

One day Louie sat at the typewriter and wrote, “1 dog and its pup” then illustrated it.

Louie's drawing that initiated her passion project of writing a book.
Louie’s drawing that initiated her passion project of writing a book.

 

She then told me she has listened to an audio book from the library with a story about a boy and his dog.  “I started this drawing and then I just couldn’t stop thinking about it.  The idea was bouncing around in my head.”  These are the moments that excite me as a teacher.  “Okay, I have these special little books and if you write your story on a storyboard, we can use one of them to publish your book.”

 

Working with her concept drawing and an animal drawing book, she set to work.
Working with her concept drawing and an animal drawing book, she set to work.

 

Over the course of a week, Louie worked to illustrated and write the story of the dog named Spot.  She took time to consider what would happen first, next and to conclude the story.  She wrote dialog and description, and finished twenty two illustrations and then colored them.

 

I loved watching her persevere through writers block.
I loved watching her persevere through writers block.  She read and re-read her story as she worked to make sure it all made sense.

 

Once the storyboard was complete, we cut the pages apart and affixed them into the tiny book.  She told me she wanted to read the book aloud to the class during book club this week.

 

Louie reading her published book to the class.
Louie reading her published book to the class.

 

Afterwords, she wasn’t quite done with the project so she decided to write a question and answer sheet, like a quiz for reading comprehension.  She also let us know that there will be a sequel to her story.  Along the way, her project inspired Audrey to write a book about the fish she saw while snorkeling in Hawaii, she inspired Finn to write a comic book about Pokemon and Boden to do a story board for a Minecraft story.  She even inspired a visiting student Oisin to go home and make his own book and story with a pipe cleaner binding!