STORY in Storying Studio

by Prisca Martens, PhD, Towson University

STORY in Storying Studio is used as a verb as well as a noun. In addition to being a narrative, story/storying as verbs mean to compose by weaving together meanings in writing and art as in picturebooks. Children don’t write and illustrate; rather, they story. Story as a verb refers to the multimodal process of composing meaning in writing and art.

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EXPLORE in Storying Studio

by Prisca Martens, PhD, Towson University

EXPLORE in Storying Studio is a time when children play with ideas and concepts by getting inside of them. They experiment with making meaning as authors and/or artists do, using drawing or concepts discussed in minilessons.

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READ in Storying Studio

by Prisca Martens, PhD, Towson University

In Storying Studio children learn that readers not only read written text, they read art. They consider how/why artists make particular decisions about color, shape, etc., similar to how/why authors make particular decisions about word choice, sentence structure, etc., when writing written text. We create text sets around particular themes, topics, or art concepts on which the teachers want to focus in the minilessons.

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Drawing Stories, Writing Pictures: Reading and Composing Multimodally in Storying Studio

by Prisca Martens, PhD, Towson University

Story BoxPicturebooks convey stories in both written text and pictorial text (art), with both texts being essential to telling the story (Kiefer, 1995; Sipe, 1998). The art has meanings or perspectives not offered in the written text just as the written text has meanings/perspectives not available in the art. When no written text is present, the story is told only through the art. Typically these books are referred to as Read More »

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When Wishes Go Very, Very Wrong

by T. Gail Pritchard, PhD, University of Arizona

Unhappy_KidWhat do you wish for—Love? Health? Happiness? Friendship? Sometimes the wishes are for yourself, your family, a specific person, or even the world. This week’s blog takes a look at wishes made and wishes gone awry, from wanting a friend to make the basketball team to wanting to be liked. In each case, something goes wrong Read More »

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One Wish, Two Wish, Three Wish, More . . .

by T. Gail Pritchard, PhD, The University of Arizona

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Most of us have thought about what we would do if granted wishes and like Tanya in One Wish (Harrison, 2016), we are wish savvy—we know we must be careful about what we wish. However, not everyone is careful with their wishes . . . Read More »

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The Wish List

by T. Gail Pritchard, PhD, The University of Arizona

Wish ListI bet most of us have considered “do overs,” what we would re-do in our life if given a chance. Maybe we would change a conversation, an action (or lack thereof), or a decision. In The Wish List, Lowrie McCall’s list consists of four things he wished he had done in his life and the fate of Meg Finn’s soul depends Read More »

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I Wish I May, I Wish I Might . . .

by Gail Pritchard, PhD, University of Arizona

Shooting StarThink back to some of your earliest memories of wishing, perhaps when blowing out birthday candles, wishing upon a star—particularly a shooting star or the first star of the night, throwing a penny in a wishing well or fountain, getting the long end of the wishbone, blowing on a dandelion puff, or maybe writing a wish on a piece of paper and tying it to a tree or hiding it under a rock. Read More »

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Diversity within Children’s and Young Adolescent Latino Literature: Afro-Latinos and Afro-Caribbean Communities

by Carmen M. Martinez-Roldan and Katherine Lorena del Carmen Keim-Riveros

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In our last blog of the month we focus on how the authors’ incorporation of non-English words in Afro-Latino and Afro-Caribbean literature can contribute to a better understanding and appreciation of the richness and complexities of Latino culture and the bilingualism of their communities. The books discussed through this month were all English-based texts, in which the authors purposefully incorporated the linguistic repertoire Read More »

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Diversity within Children’s and Young Adolescent Latino Literature: Afro-Caribbean and Indigenous Communities

by Carmen M. Martínez-Roldán & Richelle Jurasek

PanamaCanalThis week we continue our focus on Afro-Caribbean influences in Latino children’s literature but also start addressing Indigenous perspectives. Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal, another historical fiction novel by Cuban-American author Margarita Engle, offers a window into the experiences of Caribbean islander workers but also into the experiences of indigenous communities Read More »

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