Picture It: Monday


W.9-10.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
W.9-10.3.b Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
W.9-10.3.c Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole.
W.9-10.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.
W.9-10.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


Learning Target

Students will begin part III of The Metamorphosis make a draft and storyboard for their picture book project, detailing the writing and illustrations to go on each page.

Work Session

Okay, nobody panic, but I’m about to put you into assigned groups. Don’t freak out! I do know who your friends are, generally! So get with your groups… Today we’re going to read the first half of part III in the book. YAY!! This means we’re ALMOST DONE!

Read with your group pages 1095-1101 (all the way to the bottom of the page). Then, answer the following questions:

  1. Who becomes Gregor’s caretaker?
  2. What are three things the family does to earn money?
  3. What draws Gregor out of his room?

After everyone has turned in these three questions (consider it a ticket to move onto the next activity),I’ll give you guys a big group assignment, which is….

A picture book!!!

Here’s the skinny:

The Picture Book Project!
For this project, you will plan, write, illustrate, and produce your own original children’s picture book.

You will be working in pre-assigned groups of 3. Your picture book should meet the following requirements:

  • The story must be a retelling of Franz Kafka’s story The Metamorphosis, written for children.
    • You must use the same characters as The Metamorphosis.
    • The story must follow the plot of The Metamorphosis.
  •  Your story should be 300-500 words.
  • Your book should be at least 10 pages, but no more than 20 pages.
  • The text of your book should reflect proper grammar, conventions, and spelling. The text may be typed or hand-written.
  • The illustrations should be fully colored and show effort, creativity, and neatness. I understand that not everyone is Rembrandt, but everyone is capable of putting time and energy into his or her artwork.
  • You must complete and turn in the following components:
    • Story Draft (20 points) – Due tomorrow, Tuesday, September 13th
    • Storyboard (20 points) – Due tomorrow, Tuesday, September 13th
    • Finished Product (60 points) – Due Friday, September 16th
  • The Picture Book Project – metamorphosis.docx

Closing Session

Check in – Picture Book Project


Reading ticket, informal assessment of picture book work/brainstorming/drafting.


Students will be placed in groups of varied ability level, talent, and learning style. Students will read in small group to account for differences in reading levels.

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