Informational text meets visualization strategies in this art-integrated resource for middle school and upper elementary students.
Use these printables for students responses to Science and Social Studies informational text, lectures, and hands-on activities!
Proficient readers visualize
what they are reading! Reinforce visualization with these draw and write non-fiction response templates, which prompt students to draw first to responsd to informational text, then write to support their drawing.
In addition to setting students up for successful writing, drawing their responses to reading prior to writing can also help students remember significant text details,
increasing comprehension skills and recall!
While this strategy motivates all students to think about the text and expand their writing, research shows it is especially effective for visual learners, ELL students, reluctant writers,
and students with special needs.
These non-fiction response templates are designed to work with a variety of sources of informational text. Some are created to allow for teacher or student choice of specific topic or subjects, while others are presented in multiple formats for differentiation purposes. Any of them can be used repeatedly throughout the school year.
All directions on these templates ask students to draw as a prewriting strategy.
Writing directions include opportunities for students to explain, describe, annotate, label, and use other writing strategies.
Use these templates for non-fiction responses with any informational text, including
- in-class reading of social studies or science text
- whole class informational text read-alouds
- independent, self-selected non-fiction reading
- magazine articles and other sources
These templates can also be used for diagnostic purposes, as formative assessments, and for differentiation purposes.
This packet includes thirty printable worksheets.
Each page includes simple directions for drawing and writing, a defined space for drawing, and space for writing. Writing space is purposely left blank to avoid defining the length of student writing. For those desiring lines, a printable sheet of writing lines is also included.
Included are prompts related to
- recalling information
- sequencing events
- identifying conflicts and opposing ideas
- identifying problem & solution
- identifying cause & effect
- making comparisons
- describing people, events, situations, and opinions
- considering events and structures from different perspectives
- describing scientific process
- defining content vocabulary
- considering personal questions
- using symbolism
- making connections to events
These literature response templates are appropriate for several grades, depending on student ability. They can be used with any kind of reading program and can also be used as a self-selected writing choice for students as part of readers’ and writers’ workshop.
**** PLEASE NOTE *****
This set is intended for use with informational text.
A similar resource is designed for fiction/literature:
Draw and Write Literature Response Templates for Middle School.
Similar and related resources:
Graphic Organizers for Fiction and Non-Fiction.
Literature Response - Draw & Write (Middle School Version).
Other Art-integrated resources:
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- five integrated Art lessons
Artist Biographies for Kids
- informational text with ‘draw and write’ response prompts
Language Arts Strategies with Art BUNDLE
- learn Language Arts skills through art observation and discussion
I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. I have a Multiple Subjects credential, a Single Subject credential for Art and English, LDS/ESL certification, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Mathematics focus, and Montessori certification. I have worked with all elementary grades, and with special groups including ELL, GATE, and At-Risk students. Creating Art With Kids
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