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Next, I taught my students how to draw penguins using a step-by-step drawing lesson I found online (yes, it was on Pinterest). While modeling this, I told my students I was taking a risk by trying to draw something new right along with them. I think this gave them the confidence to take a risk, too. We tried drawing three different types of penguins on blank white paper.
After that, I had the students choose a mental image from the poem to draw into their notebooks. This meant that they couldn’t just use their drawing from the directed lesson. So, here are some snapshots of what our reading response journals looked like when we finished: