YAL - Young Adult Literature Presenter Unit 2012/2013



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Visualization & Drawing
One of the strategies highlighted in this YAL Conference workshop is Visualization & Drawing, a technique for creating visual representations from reading selections.

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret
by Brian Selznick


YAL Presenter Unit 2012/2013

Subjects: English Literature
Grade Level: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Posted: 2012
Unit Created by: Kate Thomas and Matt Dealy

What makes this a good YAL choice...

We chose this book because of the sophisticated visualization processes Brian Selznick uses to tell this compelling story. Selznick is both an author and artist whose love for old black and white movies, in particular Georges Melie’s 1902 film “A Trip to the Moon,” inspired the creation of this book. Hugo is a young boy who stumbles upon an amazing discovery and leads us through an eventful adventure as he tries to find the missing pieces to complete his mystery. As Selznick’s story unfolds, he intentionally and generously uses drawings as text. The pages filled with black and white drawings are as full of meaning as the written text that surrounds them. These drawings tell their own stories within the story. As Selznick says, each “page turn is very important to the telling of the story.” — Kate Thomas and Matt Dealy


YAL Conference Workshop Description
Brian Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Visualization Strategies
Kate Thomas and Matt Dealy, Presenters

In this highly visual story of a boy in search of missing pieces of information to complete a mystery, author Brain Selznick presents the reader with a sophisticated visualization process. Participants in this workshop will use creative visualization strategies as a process for developing verbalizations (new vocabulary to generate further writing), a key component of the critical thinking process. How can we use drawings to understand problem solving, the development of metaphor, problem representation, creation of new strategies and ideas, self-correction and reflection? In this workshop Thomas and Dealy will guide participants through the process of creating visual imagery and learning how to use drawing as a data source for understanding critical thinking.
Workshop Description for YAL 2012


Images of the Process in Action – YAL 2012

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