There is some setup on your end:
- A short COMPREHENSIBLE story (around 10-15 sentences) which the class has been going over a number of days in various ways. I would not use a story which students have not seen.
- Paper with cartoon frames on them. I usually print them out for students so they know how many frames they are to illustrate.
- Tell students that they are illustrate each sentence from the story using the cartoon frames
- In addition to illustrating, students are to label the parts of their cartoon with the corresponding Latin word. Students are NOT to write the sentence itself but to label their picture
- I usually give students 20-25 minutes to complete this at one sitting, but there are others who will have students do a Read and Draw as part of telling a story. After each sentence which the teacher tells as part of a story, students have 2 minutes to do a Read and Draw of that particular sentence.The Read and Draw then becomes incorporated as part of the storytelling.
Optional post Read and Draw activities
- Ask students comprehension questions in Latin about the story. Students can use the Read and Draw as a reference.
- Using the Read and Draw, in partners, students retell the story to each other.
- Using the Read and Draw, students rewrite the story as a Timed Write.
- This is another way to get students to interact with the language using different modalities. They are demonstrating comprehension through drawing the sentence but are writing the Latin which corresponds to each part of the picture.
- Because students themselves are drawing visual representations of the words, they are creating a personal association with the vocabulary in a meaningful context.
- Tell students not to get caught up in their drawings too much. To quote the great Sally Davis, "Everyone can draw stick figures!" Some students will complain that they cannot draw at all, while others will spend 20 minutes on just one frame.
- It is a student-centered activity. As the teacher, I simply facilitate!