Red Dot Details


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Lesson Process:

Step 1: Give each student an index card with one red dot on it.

Step 2: Tell students to look at the card and think about some way that the red dot could be a part of a story

Step 3:  Explain to students that they will create an illustration on their card and the red dot must be part of the main idea of the story. The red dot must be incorporated into the illustration in some way. There must also be supporting details to draw the viewer’s attention to the red dot as the main idea.

Step 4:  Allow students time to draw their illustration.

Step 5:  Once all students have completed their illustrations, explain that they will now write a story about the illustration that they drew. The story must include a main idea and at least 3 details to support the main idea and should be at least 1 full page in length.

Step 6:  Have students share their stories and illustrations with the rest of the class.

Time Required:
30-45 minutes

Materials List:

  • index cards with one red dot somewhere on the card – enough for each student
  • sharpies, markers, pencils, crayons


Student Storyboard.

Students can submit their stories and illustration to demonstrate use of line, details and main idea for their assessment.

If extension is desired, students can compare their stories and create a sequenced storyboard as a class to make a whole class story woven together by the individual student pieces.