Sunday, July 31, 2011

Nonfiction Monday: Inkblot

Inkblot: Drip, Splat, and Squish Your Way to Creativity
written and illustrated by Margaret Peot
2011 (Boyds Mills Press)
Source: Mebane Public Library

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The purpose of procedural text is to instruct a reader in how to do something, typically written by someone who knows how to do the procedure for someone who must rely on the text to properly do the procedure. (Drawn from Purcell-Gates, Duke, & Martineau, 2007)

Think about what you read every day. What percentage of it involves directions and/or instructions? Probably more than you might have thought. Now think about how often students are asked to read text that teaches them how to do something. Probably not enough. Students should spend more time immersed in procedural text since it is going to be a big chunk of what they will be reading as adults. I bring up procedural text because I came across a unique piece of text called Inkblot. In this book, Margaret Peot teaches readers how to make different varieties of inkblots and how to enhance them. Several inkblot procedures are described in the book so readers have plenty of opportunities to practice reading and using procedural text. Another interesting recurring insert is Inkblot Heroes which gives us biographical information on famous people like Hermann Rorschach and Victor Hugo and their connection to inkblots. Peot also instructs readers on how to look at inkblots (very helpful for people like yours truly, Captain Literal!) and how to create a sketchbook which would be a nice change of pace in writing instruction.

Inkblot is an excellent resource for teachers wanting to focus on how to read procedural text or looking for a unique writing assignment.

Other reviews:
Cindy's Love of Books (interview w/ Margaret Peot)


  1. A thought-provoking post. Not being a teacher, I've not given much thought to "procedural text" in picture books, but I will now. Your students are lucky to have you.

  2. Yes I agree with the comment above. I am deeply familiar with the Rorschach Ink Blot Test being a clinical psychologist myself. So I would definitely love to have this book in my hands - and it looks like a fantastic resource I can share as well to my teacher-students. Thank you for sharing this.

  3. Thank you Lisa and Myra for stopping by! I appreciate your kind words.


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