If spending time on text and determining importance is the goal, sketchquotes are very effective. My students love to go back into the text to look for sketchable lines. I am always impressed by the deep understanding and connections they are making that is shown by what they choose to quote. As they sketch, I walk around and sometimes snap some photos with my phone. I ask why they had chosen that to quote, and gain some insight into their understanding of the text from these brief conversations. Later I post some of their work on our class Instagram. Some students compliment or comment on each others books or their quotes, which always makes me so happy to see.
P.S. Don't limit sketchnoting to novels. Sketchnotes are a way to determine importance in a text-this is useful in any content area.
An important piece of the sketch quotes strategy that makes it a task that redefines the reading log, rather than being an artsy substitute for it is the sharing. Students can do gallery walks, or comment on sketches shared in digital formats. However you decide to do this, I must point out that the display and sharing for the purpose of discussing important moments in the text is the key here.
The Sketch Quote Book Report:
If students are collecting quotes throughout their reading why not have them create a video of their quotes to share:
Sketch Quotes Book Project with Rubric
In the video below (created with Animoto) I shared quotes from all of the teacher books I read over the summer. It makes more sense for students to create something that allows them to share the work that they have been doing throughout their reading as a final project rather than assigning a completely different project for a book report. For more on "projects", check out the Book Reports page.
Sketch Quotes: Not Just for Students
Create a sketchnote from a book that you love and share it! Add your sketches to the shared slide deck, comment on other peoples sketches in the slides, take it a step further and share it on social media! Use the hashtags #evolvedELA and #SketchQuotes
You can create your sketch in Google Draw, Canva, or any other digital tool you are comfortable with. Analog is great too, and is my preferred method for creating sketch quotes. It's not about the tool it's about the sharing of ideas.
Take your learning to the next level and be a model for your students! Show them that the tasks you are asking them to do are not things that you would not also do yourself. I use a class Instagram to share my responses to what I read with my students. It's a great way to model being a reader that shares their learning with others.
Let me preface this activity by saying, "I have no professional training." I know I am stealing a line from William Hung here, but he is kind of a great example of the right mindset that you need to jump into sketch notes. You don't need a workshop, a class, or a book. There really isn't a wrong way to do it. There is no Simon Cowell looking over your shoulder to tell you that you are tone deaf and your doodles are dreadful. Sketchnotes are not an audition and no one will be judging you-so share away.
Assessing Student Learning:
When your students participate in a response space like Padlet or Flipgrid with such a large audience, it can be difficult to check for completion of the task and for understanding. With largely shared Padlet/Flipgrid responses I check a reflection paper rather than the topic board. This allows me know that they shared their thinking AND that they explored other students thoughts. It also lets me know what impact, if any, reading the ideas from other students had on their own thinking.