Reader Ready: Standard by Standard {RL 1.7 and 2.7: Using the Illustrations to Describe the Story}

Today we will look at RL 1.7 / 2.7; using illustrations in a story to describe its characters, setting, and events.  This is part of our Reader Ready Blog Series.  See below to catch up with other posts!


The "Reader Ready" anchor chart we use for this standard is Look Closely.   We explain that good readers look closely at the illustrations to gain understanding about the book.  We use the magnifying glass to signify looking at the details in the illustrations, such as, the feelings the characters are exhibiting, the location of the story, and problems that take place.  We stress the importance of using both illustrations and text while reading.

{Look Closely at the Illustrations: a reader is always looking at the illustrations...we think about what we see}

This is an anchor chart we leave hanging once we have introduced the idea of paying attention to illustrations in a book.  We divide the anchor chart into 3 parts; character(s), setting(s), and event(s).  Students write about something they noticed or learned about the book based on the illustrations.  They decide what the illustration helped it teach them about and they put the post it note in that section of the anchor chart.  Students write things like, 
--"On page 9, I saw the teacher had an angry face.  I think she is mad." 
 --"On page 16, I saw a tractor and a barn.  I think this story takes place on a farm." 
--"On page 3, I saw the boy next to his bike on the ground.  I think he fell off his bike."  
We should note here, that we use this during picture walks (so they infer), but also during reading as well (where they actually know what is happening in the text).  As with most of our Reader Ready anchor charts, the post it notes are written and added by the students so they can take ownership of it.  This anchor chart can be used for 1 book or multiple books (which is how we use it).  We generally add post it's for read alouds, but also during Guided Reading as needed.

During Guided Reading, we provide practice with looking closely at the illustrations.  We do this orally, using the anchor chart above, and the graphic organizer seen here.   On this page, students pick one illustration to draw from the story.  They write something they know based on the illustration they picked.

For this standard, we use our RL 1.7 and RL 2.7 Print a Standard packs. Our Print a Standard packs each include over 10 activities. The activities can be done whole group, small group, or independently.  They are also great for assessments and homework.  With all of our Print a Standard packs, we use formats that are easy to use but engaging to the students. 

For this standard, you can select books with very few or no words; we generally do a mix of wordless books and regular read alouds that have interesting illustrations.  Below are some of our favorite books with very few or no words:

Draw // The Snowman
Good Night, Gorilla // Lost. Found.
Pancakes for Breakfast // Tuesday

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  1. Are you able to purchase the Look Closely (at the Illustrations) booklet? I looked on TPT but didn't see it.


  2. Hello! You can grab that FREE in this blog post! Just scroll to the bottom and click the blue box that say "Grab the Freebies"!