This goal is important because it will help writers to visualize what they will write about and helps to build stamina as a writer. This "emerging" goal is certainly geared towards writers in the primary grades. However, it should be noted that having students write using pictures might look very similar to upper grades due to the structure being similar.
Obviously this goal would be good for writers that are pre-emergent or emergent readers. This would include students who may not have awareness of letters and sounds.
Jennifer makes it known that she struggled with separating the strategies in this book since strategies that are taught to students in upper grades could be used with students in primary grades. I believe this would also be the case for emerging strategies could be beneficial to students in upper grades.
This goal struck a cord with me as I often have children sketch or draw a picture before they start to write. Making a picture can help support students when it comes to writing since they can see the details they want to include in the writing. Some students prefer to write and then create a picture to go along with it.
Strategy 1.5 - Add Detail to Make Pictures Easier to Read
This goal is the stepping stone to when we ask writers to add details to their writing to make it more interesting to read. This goal is crucial to build that skill and increase writing stamina. This goal could be used across many grade levels and in different classes. Elaboration is the basis for this strategy.
Strategy 1.12 - Writing Across Pages
I find this strategy to very useful for writers to help plan out their writing, especially narrative writing. By starting with a picture, students are able to sequence before they begin drafting the story. Composing with pictures provides a road map for their writing. This strategy can be very easily used with informational writing as well.
What are your thoughts about this goal? Have you used any of these strategies with students that aren't emerging writers? Share your favorite strategy in this goal!