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PARKING LOT POETRY - Take a "BRAKE" to Re-Verse Your Space!

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Parking Lot Poetry
Take a “Brake” to Re-Verse Your Space

OVERVIEW:

This is an engaging and fun project to cap off (or launch) any term or unit where you’ve spent some time encountering poetry. Students are encouraged to select a short “snippet” of poetry verse that is powerful & can stand on its own. They then make stencils and spray-paint the verse on the school parking lot.

NOTE: I have done this project with high school seniors (to decorate the “Senior Lot”), but I have also done variations with students as young as freshmen, and I see no reason why it couldn’t work with ANY level of student. ALSO, if a parking lot seems too daunting, I have brought similar projects indoors where students painted poetry on ceiling tiles, ceramic tiles atop a coffee table, and a cafeteria wall as part of a collaborative mural project with our art department. While it is logistically challenging, it affords students a lasting and fun memory.

WHAT YOU GET:

- Parking Lot Poetry Assignment
- Parking Lot Poetry Sample Ideas (PowerPoint Slides)
- Parking Lot Poetry Photos from past projects
- Photos of alternative indoor options for your classroom
- Sample Template Letter to Secure Administrative Approval

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

- Administrative Approval
- Supplies (Consider asking local merchants to DONATE!)
• Poster Board for each student
• Letter Stencils (several sets – 2” letters or larger)
• “X-Acto” Blades/Holders (Borrow from Art Dept?)
• White Spray Paint (Several Cans)
• Old Bed Sheets (or LOTS of newspaper) to protect surfaces
• Large scraps of cardboard boxes to protect surfaces
• Brooms to sweep parking lot spaces
• Bricks/Rocks to hold stencil corners down while spraying

WHAT YOU’LL DO:

- Secure administrative approval (see request sample enclosed)
- Perform all prep work and “Arts & Crafts” portions of the project (see “Nuts & Bolts”)
- Check weather forecast to ensure a few nice days
- HAVE A BLAST!!
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PARKING LOT POETRY - Take a "BRAKE" to Re-Verse Your Space!
PARKING LOT POETRY - Take a "BRAKE" to Re-Verse Your Space!
PARKING LOT POETRY - Take a "BRAKE" to Re-Verse Your Space!
PARKING LOT POETRY - Take a "BRAKE" to Re-Verse Your Space!