Teaching Ideas

Encouraging Dialogue

For Students K-12

  • What is this a drawing of? Does it look kind and gentle or fierce and strong? What sound would this dinosaur make?

  • What do you think this Tyrannosaurus is about to do?

  • We are used to seeing scientific pictures of dinosaurs rather than portraits. What are the qualities of a portrait? How could O'Neil's drawing be considered a portrait of a dinosaur?

  • What techniques has the artist used to make Tyrannosaurus look so real?

Making Connections

For Students K-12

  • Experiment with word portraits for Tyrannosaurus-—try haiku or acrostic poetry.