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ERIC Number: EJ882918
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0034-0561
Power in Pictures: How a Schoolwide Photo Library Can Build a Community of Readers and Writers
Gabriel, Rachael; Gabriel, Mary
Reading Teacher, v63 n8 p679-682 May 2010
If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many words is a whole picture book worth? This was exactly the question Pierce School teachers asked themselves when they began the project of compiling a photo library for creating realistic and relevant short texts by and for students across all grades in their K-8 elementary school. In an effort to motivate young readers, inspire young authors, and use literacy to strengthen the school community, teachers and students compiled photographs to create an image library for creating texts about their school community. Teachers then guided their students to create a variety of texts using photos from the shared library of images as illustrations or prompts for writing in. These student-created texts form a corpus of narrative and informational texts that build on images that are accessible and meaningful to all members of the school community. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 7; Grade 8
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A