The Art of Illustrating
3rd Grade Oral Language Resources
Students will:• Learn about the concept of illustrating.
• Access prior knowledge and build background about illustrating.
• Explore and apply understanding of the concept of illustration.
Students will:• Demonstrate an understanding of illustration.
• Orally use words that identify different tools used by illustrators.
• Extend oral vocabulary by discussing the process of illustration.
• Use key concept words [picture book, author, illustrator, illustrations, draw, paint, pencil].
Explain• Use the slideshow to review the key concept words.
• Explain that students are going to learn about the art of illustrating:
• An illustrator makes the pictures that show the action in a story.
• Illustrations help to tell a story and are fun to look at.
• Illustrators use many tools to make their illustrations.
• Sometimes illustrators draw things they see in real life.
Model• After the host introduces the slideshow, point to the photo on screen. Ask students: What kind of book is the student reading in this photograph? (a picture book).
• Ask students: Who makes the pictures in a picture book? (an illustrator).
• Say: Illustrators can use many tools to make the pictures that help to tell a story. Think about a story that you would like to write. What would your illustrations look like? (answers will vary).
Guided Practice• Guide students through the next three slides, showing them different ways to illustrate. Always have the students discuss their favorite way of illustrating.
Apply• Play the games that follow. Have them discuss with their partner the different topics that appear during the Talk About It feature.
• After the first game, ask students to discuss their favorite way to make pictures. After the second game, have them describe a story they would like to tell in a picture book of their own.
Close• Ask students: How do illustrators help authors to tell their stories?
• Summarize for students that sometimes a picture can tell an entire story. Encourage them to draw a picture that tells a story, but they can't use any words.