One Word Image Imagination Lab (OWI)

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Interested in creating a One Word Image (OWI) with your students, but intimidated by the process? The OWI Imagination Lab is an interactive slideshow presentation that is designed to be used in class with your students. The slideshow walks you through the creation of an OWI character (a food, an object, or an animal). Each slide presents a new detail to add to the character's description, along with several options. For example:

  • SIZE: Is it big? Small? How big? How small?
  • PERSONALITY: Is it nice? Mean? Solitary? Sociable?
  • BODY PARTS: Does it have legs? Arms? Eyes? How many?
  • ...and more!

The Interactive Slideshow should be opened in your computer's PDF viewing software (like Preview or Adobe Reader), and each clickable image is linked to other pages within the presentation. This presentation includes 59 slides and is NOT editable. A detailed Instructions document explaining how to use the interactive PDF with your students is also included.


The OWI Imagination Lab is designed to support teachers in learning how to create a One Word Image (OWI) with their classes. Once you have used it several times to create OWIs with your students, my hope is that you will feel confident enough to guide your students through the creation of an OWI without the support of the presentation.


OWI is an activity created by Ben Slavic that I learned from Michele Whaley and Kristin Dahl. I was inspired to create this presentation after watching Cécile Lainé demonstrate an OWI.

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