Last class we shared each group’s narrative as we looked through The Arrival together. It provided a perfect illustration of how wordless picture books call for “readers” to complete the text in a very different way than written texts do. I’d like to continue this process here, first by reading a brief article entitled “How To Read a Wordless Book.” The purpose of the article is to provide suggestions on “reading” wordless books with and to children, a proven literacy-building process that involves two or more participants in shared interpretation and inquiry.
After you have read the above article, TAKE SOME TIME to read this pdf version of The Snowman, the book Shaun Tan says most influenced his approach to creating The Arrival.
ASSIGNMENT: Due by 9 PM Monday, April 15th
- COMMENTS WILL NOT APPEAR UNTIL ALL COMMENTS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED.
- Two facing pages, for the purpose of counting, will equal “one page.”
- Choose any three page sequence (meaning: six consecutive single pages) from the book and write a corresponding narrative for those pages in a comment below. (A single image covering two pages counts as 1/2 page.)
- Integrate some of the pointers from the article (above) in your approach to writing the narrative.
- In your narrative, find ways to convey the underlying FEELING and EMOTION the pictures “contain.”
- Your narrative MUST INCLUDE IMAGINED DIALOGUE exchanged between characters.
- **Begin your narrative by indicating the opening page number of your chosen sequence (displayed in the upper left hand corner of the browser).
- Be sure to include your name: FirstName+FirstLetterLastName