Tip: Direct a Drawing
How do I do it?
Choose a simple line drawing (don't let students peek!). Give oral directions on how to draw it. Compare student drawings to original. Discuss. How could I have been more clear? What key words helped accuracy? What words were confusing? What could I do differently next time?
Variations & Extensions
Choose a drawing that represents something you are studying and will include key vocabulary studied; allow students to give directions to the whole class; after the scene is drawn, students guess the significance of the drawing to what is being studied; try it in small groups or pairs.
(*Hint: if you are one of those teachers who says, "I'm not a good artist." but have always wanted to make your drawings and quick sketches better, I've got the book for you! It's called Chalk Talks and it helps you to make simple and clear drawings to represent language and content. Check it out!)
Common Core ELA Speaking and Listening Standard 2
Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Common Core ELA Language Standard 4
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Everyday ELL is now Every Language Learner.