Independent Reading and Handmade Thinking

In a recent post, I talked about my visit to St. John’s School in Houston and my work with students and teachers there on Handmade Thinking

Sharon Fabriz, an 8th grade English teacher, asked her students to create handmade responses to their independent reading projects, and here below are some of those awesome, awesome 8.5 X 11 page drawings.

In response to Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson:


In response to I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak:


In response to Sphinx’s Queen by Esther Friesner.


 In response to The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein:


In response to Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins:


In response to The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie:


Did I say “8th graders”?  Did I say “awesome”?