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Communal Understanding through Drawings, Post-Its, and Poetry

Students were asked to analyze a vignette in House on Mango Street and create a shared bulletin filled with student work and community.

They first drew a visual image, based on a vignette, meant to create an emotion.

Students then completed a gallery walk and posted comments on each other’s work regarding the artistic decisions and their effect on the viewer.

Students then created a found poem on a partner’s vignette. A found poem strips an author’s prose and re-imagines his or her words as a poem. The student can play with syntax and structure and can emphasize a specific emotion or idea.

The result is a wall filled with thoughts and reflections, comments about each other’s work, art and words in many forms. It’s a beautiful addition to our classroom space.

Does your school do something similar?

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