It’s Monday. I’m at the tutoring center with all the homework I need done for most of the week completed. I tell myself that I am going to work on my next published draft for Special Methods because I am excited about it. I start planning out every page of my graphic novel. Then I decide suddenly that I don’t think it’s going to be a graphic novel because there isn’t going to be individual boxes with dialogue and plot. So, I’m like shoot, what is it going to be then. I decide maybe it could be a children’s book type of thing or just writing with pictures that go along with the words. So, I go about planning, and I thing about drawing my sister and myself because the beginning of my writing has to do with my mom reading to my sister and I. And….I realize I suck at drawing people. So, I’m pretty downhearted about the project now. I feel like maybe I should just do something easier even though I was genuinely excited about doing this project. When I get home, I think what if each page just represented the book in my life. I google and save a bunch of images, and before long I have spent 2 hours drawing and planning.
I was worried that it wasn’t great. Special methods changed my mind. I was pretty nervous to show Dr. Ellington and other people my drawings and plans. But everyone was so encouraging that I am SUPER excited about creating this book again. I feel like everyone is going to be so blown away by how awesome it looks after I have colored it and spent some time on it. I was so excited that I spent most of block class drawing like 10 more pages (I may not have paid enough attention to the class, oops!) I think this project will be a really great way to introduce the literate lives unit in my class because it shows how much books have meant to me, and it shows that I want my students to pursue their creativity in my class. If you want to create something like a children’s book, a graphic novel, or something that doesn’t even really fit into a genre, do it if you are excited about it! I am hoping to finish my rough sketches of each page within the next week or two. Then, I am going to perfect the words for each page. Finally, I am going to color it, and make it look awesome! And I am going to show it to you all, and hopefully you guys like it!
Regan and Jessica! Since I know you like Jodi Picoult: what could I draw that would kind of represent her books? I am bad at drawing people and all her front covers have people. I haven’t been able to think of something to use to represent her amazing books.
More stuffs/reflection on class:
I really appreciated our discussion on grading, feedback, and assessment this past couple weeks. It has taken the stress out of the whole process to me. I now know that it is possible to encourage a love of literacy in my students while giving administrators (and everyone else) the grades they want from my classroom. I loved Kittle and Romano’s thoughts on grading. I know that feedback is going to take time. It’s going to be a lot harder to do feedback in a way that encourages students to keep writing than it would be to edit and correct their papers, but I think it is worth it. It is worth it to spend extra time giving feedback on my student’s writing if it is going to help them to see themselves as writers and maybe even learn to love writing. Spending time on students’ writing also gives me an insight on who they are as people. It lets me know what they like, what they excel at, and what they need to work on!
Update on my reading life:
I am currently reading the second book to the 5th Wave series, The Infinite Sea. It’s from a different perspective than the first book (different perspectives since there is more than one perspective in both the books). Next, I am going to read How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson which I am super excited for. Then, I am going to read Readicide by Kelly Gallagher, and I am pretty sure I am going to buy it after I read it (just from Dr. E’s description). I also have a book that I checked out from the library like a month and a half ago that I need to get to. I am excited to read Lighter than my Shadow by Katie Green when Regan is finished with it. I also bought three graphic novels that will be coming from Amazon soon: Pax by Sara Pennypackler drawn by Jon Klassen, Through the Woods by Emily Carroll (looks super creepy!), and Invisible Emmy by Terri Libenson. I want to read The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison and The Color Purple by Alice Walker, so if anyone has those books I would love to borrow them!