Tuesday, March 18, 2014

March 15 Meeting

We enjoyed spending time with our students last Saturday! We had an eventful day, to say the least. First, students came in and sketched moments from their typical day. We used their sketches for something exciting later in the morning!

Next, we broke into three smaller groups to continue our #whatsyourstory project. The first group read Diamond in the Desert by Katherine Fitzmaurice. Before reading, students watched an Animoto video that familiarized students with Japanese internment camps. After reading, students chose a word or phrase they felt was significant to Tetsu's (the main character's) life from the book to add to a poster titled, #whatstetsusstory.

The next group participated in a music activity. Students listened to "A Change is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke and "Waiting on the World to Change" by John Mayer. They compared and contrasted what was going on in the world when each song was written, and what each songwriter may have been thinking when he wrote his song. Students collaborated with each other using iPads to complete activities related to the songs. Students wrote additional lyrics, created album covers, used the Skitch and Facetalk apps, read an NPR article on Sam Cooke, and even got with a partner and had a conversation pretending one was Sam Cooke and the other was John Mayer!

The third group wrote six-word memoirs to go along with photographs they took in their neighborhoods. Our students came up with some amazing things! Click here to watch an example of six-word memoirs. We will put together a multimedia presentation of all of our memoirs at our next meeting.

During the last hour of our meeting, we had a delicious snack donated by Donut Den. We then created a mural of all the students' moments from their typical day as a middle schooler. Julia Denison, an experienced mural artist, came to help students. It was a wonderful experience, and we look forward to putting up the finished product!

We look forward to seeing everyone this Saturday, March 22! Don't forget to read to p. 26, choose a song that represents your life, and take your neighborhood photos if you haven't already!

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