The Wordless Book
What is the value of a story told with just pictures? These books, when well done, are not only fascinating, but can be a great tool for increasing reading comprehension! They can be very simple:
or very sophisticated:
Important skills in developing reading comprehension include inference and prediction. Wordless books give an opportunity for young minds to develop these skills. You can stop and spend time talking about the pictures without worrying about spoiling the flow of the story.
Discuss the book!
Talk about the pictures, the story line, the details, the main idea, what comes next. Look for clues in the pictures. Stop and predict what will happen next. Talk about any experiences you have similar to the ones in the pictures. Point out things that might be new words to encourage vocabulary. Have the student retell the story, this helps students to acquire skills in summarization.
Where is this happening?
What do we see in the picture?
Who is in the picture?
How do the colors (technique or other feature) make you feel?
What do you think will happen next?
Why did the author put this here?
What do you think is happening? What do you see that gives you the clue?
What is the character thinking? How do you know?
Did this ever happen to you? It happened to me once...
I remember reading another book that had this in it...
I wonder if...
I think that...
I wish that...
This is a picture of a... It does (is for, means, is like)...
Retell the story!
Now you "read" me the book.
Tell me the important parts of the story:
Where (and possibly when) the story takes place.
Who the characters are.
What the problem is.
What happened first, what happened next... and this ended by...
How is the problem solved.
What might we learn from the story?
Write the story!
have your child write words to go with the story in picture book style. Use shorter sentences or phrases which enhance the story in the pictures, but don't describe every detail.Write the dialogue for the characters.
Write the story as a non-illustrated short story. Think about how you would write the story for a person who could not see the book. Use prose style to give deep descriptive details, interesting vocabulary, and a motivating storyline to create the images and story you see in the book in the mind of the reader.
Wordless books can be enjoyed at any age.