are becoming increasingly popular as a way to help students process what they
have read in one powerful activity. Like sketchnotes, they combine visuals
with text to make ideas come alive in students’ minds and memories.
it’s easy for
students to struggle
with one-pagers if they are not naturally inclined toward art and have not
previously been encouraged to represent their ideas this way. They may feel
they are being graded unfairly on their artistic abilities.
Some students will hear directions to create a graphic representation of a reading and dive right in. Others will moan and mutter things about “ridiculous art projects.” But the popularity of one pagers with teachers lately is undeniable. If students can get over their hang-ups, they really learn a lot from processing what they’ve read in visual form with a one-pager.
So how to help the art-haters thrive alongside the artists? How to show everyone that their one-pagers are about critical thinking and interpretation, not just flair pens (though flair pens are a pretty fabulous addition)?
border which somehow represents the key themes from what you have read
image in the upper left hand corner with a quotation woven into or around it.
This image should somehow represent what you consider to be the most important
symbol in the text so far.
and/or doodled words in the upper right hand corner that represent the key
characters from the text and perhaps how they are changing
and quotations in the lower left hand corner that show the author’s style of
the power of the language that is used
and/or words in the bottom right hand corner that show connections between the
themes and ideas in the writing and what is going on in the world today.
important quotations from the text
and/or images that show the significance of the setting in some way