Show Don't Tell
There is plenty of in-depth exploration for students in this Learning from an Object packet. Take a moment to look at the preview to see how useful it is!
A mix of pair and/or small group collaboration works well with follow-up tasks being completed individually for homework.
The activities are designed primarily to be used as a supplementary resource in an English Language Arts, Creative Writing or Drama class where students are working on inference and presentation of character traits and emotions.
They are initially object–based. Using an image of the sculpture The Fury of Athamas by John Flaxman students explore the emotion of ‘Anger’ and its causes, consequences and effects on other people. What are the indicators to look out for? How can we recognize it in texts and images and how can we portray it in writing, role play and drama?
A relatively obscure myth that students are unlikely to be familiar with has been chosen so that they have to rely on observation, inference and critical thinking to tease out the emotion being displayed by means of its body language.
Students also have an opportunity to practice parts of speech and engage in a writing exercise before tackling a short piece of creative writing. The theme could also be extended by introducing a group role play exercise.
A picture paints a thousand words!
The resource cover sheet is labelled 'Anger' but students must not be told the emotion being explored in advance of the activity!
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