July 26, 2011

Five Card Flickr

  • "This quasi experimental web site is designed to foster visual thinking. It is based completely, or more loosely... copied, from the Five Card Nancy game devised by comics guru Scott McCloud and the nifty web version at 741.5 Comics.

    However, rather than drawing from a hand of randomly chosen panels of the old Nancy comic, my version draws upon collections of photos specified by a tag in flickr. You are dealt five random photos for each draw, and your task is to select one each time to add to a selection of images, that taken together as a final set of 5 images- tell a story in pictures.

    When you are done, you the option to add a title and explanation, then you can save the story so you can put a link in your resume or send to your Mom (she pay print it out and tape it to the fridge, or she may criticize your creativity, your mileage and mom may vary). Plus we offer the ability to tweet your story or use an embed code to add it to your own web site."

    Five Card Story: A Nice Fall Day

    a Five Card Flickr story created by magster400

    flickr photo by katerha

    flickr photo by krutscjo

    flickr photo by krutscjo

    flickr photo by katerha

    flickr photo by krutscjo

    One day, a couple was went on vacation. Their plane flew them to an area in Canada where it was pretty chilly. They saw a leaf that they thought was very beautiful. They continued walking around and touring the area. Everyone they talked to was very kind to them, but they were always saying things about an amazing castle that was rumored to have been home to a great king 569 years ago. No one had seen it since a ferocious animal had forced them to leave the area. Now, the couple had been sent to find it. They set off and traveled for many days. Just as they were about to give up hope, they found a garden with sculptures and fountains. Positive that this was the castle they drove back to their original destination through lots of snow to tell the waiting natives of their success. By the time they got back there were many more leaves on the ground. They told the people all about their adventure and were so tired that they immediatly hopped on a plane and headed home. This had been a vacation they could never forget!

    Synonym Toast : Word Choice Game

    Pic Lits : Playing with word choice

    Inspired picture writing
    Drag and drop words on to pictures
    possible poetry, idea generation, word choice applications

    July 21, 2011

    Color Poems Word Choice & Fun!

    Hailstones and Halibut Bones & Color Poems by Karen Grunder

    That old Hailstones and Halibut Bones book motivated me to develop
    a lesson for color poems!

    We brainstormed ideas for one color (red) as a class, sense by sense.

    The students would do it individually first on their own paper,
    then we would share and record all ideas on chart paper.

    The next day we picked the ideas for each sense we thought
    were the strongest, and worked on putting a poem together
    and making each image even more powerful. We balanced
    the amount of sense images (didn't want to overload on the visual).
    Hearing and feeling (emotion) were frequently the challenging
    ones for 10 year olds, but sometimes ended up being very
    effective parts of their poems when they later wrote their own.
    "Showing, not telling" was a big part of this lesson. Finally,
    the children got the chance to choose their own color, and
    brainstormed their own ideas. Lots of excitement!

    Yellow is....
    the smile in my mom's eyes whenever she looks at me
    the first notes of the ice cream song - "Run! Find the truck!"
    huge fields of daffodils rippling like waves as each gust hits…

    These poems were little treasures. The majority of children
    in the class got their poems published in a poetry book through
    a contest I entered. (Not a thing I regularly do, but someone
    handed me the poetry contest sheet just as we were doing the activity).

    This is an easy and effective way to get children to play with words
    to paint pictures and evoke emotions. A lot of talk went into the
    most effective way of sequencing ideas. Mood, balance, dynamics,
    and the importance of leaving the reader with a strong, final
    image/thought also came up. Such fun! So much covered in one
    much enjoyed writing activity!

    This year I'd like to get them to take digital pictures or use the web,
    and create a collage of any images or emotions from their poems
    that could be caught with a camera. I would tell them this after
    they finished their poems, though. I wouldn't want their inspirations
    to be restricted by practicality.

    Karen Grunder
    (Summer 2008: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits)

    Lesson Extension from Read Write Think:
    Color Poems—Using the Five Senses to Guide Prewriting