Wordless Books for Writing in Bits and Pieces

Lately I've been practicing writing in bits & pieces with my students (see Rita's blog post, "Writing in Bits and Pieces"). As we engage in this process, it is helpful to give my clients some content or context in which we practice writing down those thoughts. Of course, books to the rescue! Lately, I've enjoyed using wordless picture books as a guide through this process of writing down thoughts in unthreatening amounts. Wordless picture books are a great way to facilitate conversation and writing—the content is before you, but we must add narration!

My students and I make our way through each page of the book, jotting down captions for each image on sticky notes and pasting them directly on the page! For my writers who struggle the most, we partner (I write one, you write one . . . or you write a couple words of the sentence, and I'll finish it). Others write sentence by sentence on each sticky note all by themselves. When we've completed the book, they are amazed at how much writing they did (those sticky notes really add up)!

Current wordless picture book favorites of mine include The Bear and the Fly by Paula Winter and Blart: A Little Blob of Art by Tracy Molitors (available in our shop). Even though many people associate picture books with young children, these two book suggestions use advanced humor which appeals to older students as well. One middle-school student of Rita's was so inspired by the adventures of Blart that she illustrated her own wordless picture book, which can now be used to spark further writing!

~ Moira

Three wordless cartoon drawings of a hand letting go of a red and blue balloon that floats to the sky and then disappears


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