Visual Literacy in Action: Shadow Boxes

As useful as the typical book report can be to help students respond to what they have read and practice their summarizing skills, book art projects like shadow boxes and dioramas are fun ways to take students’ responses one step further. Using paper crafts, collage, and sculpting and working with shapes, form, size, and perspective, students can illustrate the key setting or an important scene from their story.

These types of projects grab the attention of fellow students, family, and friends and provide children with authentic opportunities to share more about what they have read and why it was (or wasn’t) of interest to them.

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