We had WAY too much fun storyasking in my previously-Plan B class today!! I am amazed at the transformation that they have undergone in the last few weeks–anll it took was finding the right system! We have been using the Marble Jar, and they are totally rocking it. They hold each other accountable («¡Cállete! ¡Habla español!»), and today I only had to re-start the clock ONCE for talking during storytelling. As long as I have a well-prepared lesson, storyasking has been going just fine! (Just ask my intern–things don’t go well for me when I ‘wing it’–maybe I’ll perfect that skill down the road…) However, brain breaks and movement are desperately needed in combination with the Marble Jar to keep things running smoothly.
Enter illustrated responses.
Soliciting and managing student responses is important in the storyasking process, and you can read about some different ideas in this post or in this tutorial. Today, I added a new one to the list of options, and I am loving it because it not only allows for movement and short diversions from the story, but it also creates great opportunities for follow-up activities once storyasking is done.
I didn’t use this for EVERY detail in the story; only the ones that made for good illustrations.
Once we finish the story, I will be able to use all of these illustrations for follow-up activities: like re-tells and class storyboards, even assessments!