Visual and Emotional representation

So, how can we respond to complex texts and more specifically to stories that move us? Each semester I ask my literacy students to bring a visual representation of a response to one of two short story selections by Sandra Cisneros: “Salvador, Late or Early,” or “Eleven.”  My purpose– to have students engage in the kind of response for which words are not needed. When they bring their visuals and talk about their meanings, I am both amazed AND affirmed that allowing opportunity for creating is important. Here is the work of my fabulous learners!! If you know the two short stories you will have fun inferring. If you do not know the stories, it is not necessary to appreciate the depth of emotion experienced by the students.