Want happy, engaged students in the build up to winter break? Need a fun, quick unit to plug a hole in your December curriculum?
I was inspired by the amazing book Make Writing, by Angela Stockman, to create a line of ELA maker space projects. First, students create something using art or maker materials. Then, they write about it.
Students who struggle with writer's block will find their ideas flowing better. Students who love art will connect more to their writing. Students will have a chance to really visualize aspects of their writing before they begin.
With this project, students first create a winter holiday setting. Maybe they paint a cozy living room filled with tree, presents, and stockings. Maybe they create a finger puppet theater with tiny people at a holiday dance. Maybe they build a dollhouse version of The North Pole, complete with miniature presents tied with tiny ribbons. The sky's the limit.
Next, they share their scenes with a partner and talk about them, building up ideas for their writing. They set their written pieces within their own scenes, working on novel chapters, poetry, short stories, or plays.
After completing the peer editing workshop and then their final drafts, students share their art and writing in a winter holiday gallery, completing fun award tickets for the projects they like best.
From the Reviews of one of another of my Maker Space Projects:
"This is great. Thank you soooo much!"
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