WHAT IT IS:
From The Writing Strategies Book (Serravalo, 2017), Illustrators, or Illustrator-Author Matchup, is a sharing & publishing strategy that adds layers of value to the audience member’s role.
HOW IT WORKS:
For this strategy, the intent is to provide writers with an authentic audience while simultaneously compelling that audience to interact more purposefully with the author’s work.
Once a writing task is completed, pair students with partners and have students swap writings. With the partner’s writing in hand, students then read the others’ writing deliberately while attempting to think about an image that would capture and represent the author’s work meaningfully. After reading, students then illustrate (sketch, draw, paint, etc.) the cover image for that work.
After students have finished illustrations, reveal and share the illustrations with a presentation of how the illustrator experienced the writing and why the illustration represents that work or what part of the work inspired the idea. Consider an unveiling celebration experience such as in small groups.
Alternatively, to create a greater level of anticipation and interest, collect students’ writing and randomly distribute the writing without names attached so that illustrators enter the experience with as little social influence as possible. Then hold the reveal whole-class.
For additional authenticity in the experience, consider seeking out another class to illustrate the writings, such as an art class. For elementary writers, seek out middle school or high school students to illustrate the writings with reveals in the form of video recordings.