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How do we respond to the violence facing the world today? This lesson is used to make students aware of other ways they could channel their anger instead of through violence. Thoughtful discussion erupts and powerful writing ensues! I created this to accompany my unit on Touching Spirit Bear (whose main character deals with overwhelming anger and violent tendencies) but this lesson is one that stands alone as an engaging discussion piece!
I’ve included in this lesson:
- VIDEO: An AMAZING performance from “So You Think You Can Dance” that is so powerful students can't stop writing after seeing it!
- VIDEO: An amazing sand art performance which changes AS IT’S MADE and brings an entire audience to tears!
- Two emotional paintings
- PPT Question prompts following each work of art to spur the students to write.
- Teacher’s notes to guide discussion on each artform’s emotion.
You may choose to have your students create their own artwork evoking a certain TONE/Emotion. If so, I have included the following helpful tools:
*** “Tone” Art Project with rubric
*** “Images of Anger” powerpoint with 15 vivid images to inspire student art
This lesson inspired the MOST writing in one sitting that I’ve gotten out of my students throughout the entire year! I know you and your students will enjoy this engaging lesson!