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Sketching as a "pre-thinking" activity.

Have Students Sketch to Kill the Prewriting Jitters

"After overcoming the dreaded blank-page-syndrome, the most important thing about using drawing as a prewriting activity is the conversation that happens around it. Some questions that I commonly ask the students I work with about their sketches are:

•       Why did you decide to draw it this way?
•       What's happening here?
•       Why is this here? (in regards to spacial organization)
•       Why did you include this detail/item?
•       How are these specific items related?
•       What did you purposefully leave out of your drawing?"

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