"The Joy of Less" by Pico Iyer - Reader Response through Art/Collage

"The Joy of Less" by Pico Iyer - Reader Response through Art/Collage
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This "non-print" artistic response activity will help students connect with the main point of the article "The Joy of Less" by Pico Iyer. The article itself is not included (for copyright reasons), but in my classroom, we read it from a non-fiction anthology.

Your purchase will include two templates with prompts and response space. Feel free to "preview" the file to get a closer look! You could give students the choice to do either Option A or B (according to their preference), or you could use the two options to differentiate. I definitely think that Option A is more challenging, and Option B might be more accessible for students who need support/accommodations.

Your purchase also includes a model/sample for each option (a scene of a family hiking together on Black Friday and a collage of free/inexpensive joys). You could have students attach a paragraph explaining their artwork/collage as well. Finally, you ALSO receive two pages of rubrics - one page for Option A and one page for Option B (3 rubrics per page / ready to copy!).

I hope you have a place for this in your classroom! Iyer's article is beautifully written, and it rings true for many of us as adults-- but I find that I really have to help my students understand why he would chose a life of simplicity/renunciation. Because of their backgrounds and life experiences, a successful and exciting life in New York often sounds more appealing.

P.S. I've been sharing and selling products on TpT since 2013, and every new sale, follower, and rating still makes-my-day! Thank you so much!


"The Joy of Less" by Pico Iyer - Reader Response through Art/Collage by A Watson is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

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6 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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