Mrs. Lane's 3rd Grade Reading Class
Diocese of Youngstown
St. Michael School
3431 St. Michael Blvd. NW
Canton, Ohio 44718
330 492 2657 (office)
ext. 146 (voicemail)
Room #130
glane [at]
Important Information
Every Week
Monday: Tech Lab and PE
Tuesday: Library -Return Books Today!
Wednesday: PE
Thursday: Spanish and Music
Friday: Tech Lab and Art
Spring break writing One one the first things we worked on was a personal narrative about our Spring Break. The students made a graphic organizer with all of the things they did and wanted to include in their narrative. They then wrote their narratives and shared with their classmates. They are becoming good writers.

We read an informative piece called

“What Do Illustrators Do?” The

author/illustrator Eileen Christelow

writes about the visual side of

creating a picture book. She shows

how an illustrator develops a book

from rough sketches to finished

artwork, following two artists as they

illustrate different versions of "Jack

and the Beanstalk." There is a lively

subplot featuring a dog and a cat and

their running commentary. The author discussed how a picture book evolves, from dummy to finished produce and such concepts as scale, perspective and point of view. Medium is discussed and when the author demonstrates how the same illustration would look if rendered in pencil as opposed to felt-tip pen, or watercolor as opposed to colored pencil. The roles of editors and designers are also briefly touched upon.

Christelow answers the questions often posed by children, such as, "What materials do you use?" and "Is it hard to be an illustrator?" and reveals that the uniqueness of each book depends on many creative choices . . . and a lot of painstaking work. This was a great way for children to read an informative piece, using the authors style to gain information.