One of the very first lessons that I teach my students in Writing Workshop is the importance of their illustrations. We use the word illustrations over pictures because books have illustrators not picturers. In first grade, our writing skills can sometimes be so limited at the beginning of the year, that we need to know that it is okay to tell a story through pictures. We might spend some time looking at wordless books (that blog to come later), drawing stories just using illustrations, and really adding detail to illustrations help my students understand what a quality illustration might look like.
To help students self assess this, I have come up with the 5 Star Illustration check list. It is a simple, student friendly check list to help them decide if they have put in enough details.
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