Draw Write Now, Book 3: Native Americans, North America, Pilgrims (Draw-Write-Now)

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Beginning drawing and writing lessons for children ages five to ten. BOOK 3 focuses on Native Americans, North America and the Pilgrims. The books are simple enough for a young child to do independently, but a teacher or parent may present the lessons. Each drawing lesson includes a colorful picture and step-by-step instructions, while the writing lesson includes four simple handwritten sentences. The teacher or parent may introduce letter formation or have the children copy the sentences for handwriting practice, or use the lessons as a springboard for creative writing or report writing. Developed by an elementary school teacher and co-authored by her daughter. A brief list of the 21 lessons in the book includes longhouse, cradleboard, bison, pueblo, sunflower, eagle, windmill, and Plymouth house.

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Learn about North America’s diverse native cultures, past and present, then explore the vast continent. Each colorful lesson combines beginning drawing instruction with writing. Teachers may introduce letter formation, have children practice handwriting, or use the lessons as a springboard for creative writing activities. The series won the Teachers' Choice Award and is a regular recipient of Practical Homeschooling Reader Awards.

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My students entered the classroom each morning and saw a chart propped in the front of the room -- a hand-drawn 24" x 18" picture with four sentences - which related to our science, history, social studies, or geography curriculum. The day began with questions like, "What is that . . . what are we drawing today?"

I kept the subject in my drawings simple, presented the material as part of a unit study, and found that my students' background drawings and their discussion reflected an understanding of the material.

I included three to four short sentences, with easy spelling and vocabulary, for handwriting practice. Many of my students needed to learn the basics of letter formation and sentence structure, and for some, English was a new language. I copied the four sentences onto the chalkboard, describing and modeling each letter, punctuation, or space. The children who were already competent writers worked at their own pace and focused on neatly copying the sentences. The consistent practice improved writing speed and legibility, while giving everyone the confidence to write. It made a huge difference in the other assignments I gave throughout the day.

I found that starting the day with a drawing lesson and handwriting practice gave everyone a feeling of success and a good start to the day. Since publishing the books, we have heard many ways teachers modify the lessons to fit their own needs and teaching styles. Some use the lessons for creative writing, report writing or grammar instruction. Others use the books in centers or as a resource during independent time. It is gratifying to realize that the lessons I created in response to my students' needs in the 40s and 50s have proved to be a flexible, valuable tool for teachers today. -- Marie Hablitzel

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