In the American literature course I’m teaching now, students are responding to the short story assignments with written responses and with handmade responses. I assign students to draw their responses so that they might represent their ideas in ways that words alone won’t allow. In many cases, they are able to better understand and communicate aspects of these stories through images and through the 21 vlsual formats I offer them. Students bring these handmade responses to class and share them with one another. This practice often generates further whole class discussion on and analysis of the story. They also prompt students to discover and depict interesting symbols or metaphorical relationships in the story. These below are from the latest batch in response to Zora Neale Hurston’s “Sweat.” Click the images for larger version.