Visible Thinking

The Hero’s Journey Project


Olivia’s visual annotation sketchnote inspired by The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne, 6th grade, AAS

In The Hero’s Journey Project, students selected a novel and formed a book club to discuss how Joseph Campbell’s framework of the hero’s journey could be used to understand how writers construct protagonists, narratives and evoke empathy.

Visible thinking was a critical component. Having studied sketchnoting techniques from Mike Rohde’s inspiring text The Sketchnote Handbook: The Illustrated Guide to Visual Note Taking, students analyzed textual evidence by experimenting with visual annotation using images, text and keywords to unlock meaning. Their visual annotations were presented to their book club and used for discussion points. These inferencing sketchnotes became their guide, supporting their thinking as they wrote their literary essay.

Student Visual Annotation Exhibition Gallery Talk

  • Student Visual Annotation Exhibition Gallery Talk

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