The Second Graders worked in their homeroom classes on creating storybooks — written, illustrated, and published by each student individually — based on the central idea that stories can be constructed, retold, and interpreted in different ways.
In art class, the students focused on how to communicate their stories visually through the illustrations which accompany the text on each page. By examining and reading a number of different storybooks, the students observed and discussed that there is a relationship between the pictures and words on a single page. They also observed and came to understand that the illustrations can be greatly varied yet need enough detail to show the action, the important events of the story.
In this unit of study, the Second Grade art students focused on sharpening their powers of observation and on considering their audience when creating artwork. They began the visual aspect of their books by planning: creating storyboards with thumbnail sketches to show the basic progression of images. And after many weeks of work writing & editing their stories (in their homeroom classes) and illustrating & hand-binding (in art class), the students published their books and held their book launch for parents on Friday April 25.
If you were not able to attend the Breakfast Book Launch, ask a Grade 2 student to see his or her storybook. They are fantastic: very personal and unlike any stories you’ve read before!