During Writers Workshop this week, we focused on how to use illustrations to show characters' feelings. We used Mo Willems' books like Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! as mentor texts for drawing people with expressions.
We started with a guided drawing--how would you draw a pigeon?
Afterwards, the children brainstormed different ways Mo Willems shows emotions through drawings of the pigeon. When his eyes are big and open, he is capturing the feeling of being surprised. When his eyes are droopy, then he is showing how the pigeon feels tired. The children then began to use their understanding to enhance their own illustrations in their personal narratives.