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More Than Just Words. Art in the Language Arts Classroom “Character Collage”. Objective -.

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more than just words

More Than Just Words

Art in the Language Arts Classroom

“Character Collage”

objective
Objective -

In any literature class, there is always much discussion about the charactersas they appear, disappear and interact in each story. This multi-layered project provides the student will a means to create first the visual representation of a ‘character’, and then to use words to define their possibilities.

. The student will create a collage which represents some type of character.

. The student will complete a “Character Collage” worksheet.

. The student will use the text from their worksheet as a basis to write a short biographical sketch – writing and art / visual and textual combined.

materials
Materials -

1 picture frame per student (5x7or smaller work best)

Magazines and specialty papers. Consider also papers with interesting context , like maps, dictionaries and sheet-music.

Fabric remnants

Buttons, lace and trims

Organics – pressed leaves, cones, twigs, shells, small stones

Scissors

Glue – both ‘white’ glue and hot glue

“Character Collage” Worksheet

Pencils

Books, photos, slides or multi-media presentation of examples of collages.

the process
The Process:

Show students a variety of collage and assemblage examples – both historical and contemporary.

2. Point out basic “composition” as you view the collage examples.

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3.

Provide each student with a picture frame on which they will layer their Character Collage

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4.

Allow students time to experiment with textures, composition, color arrangement. Keep them focused on the ‘character’ they are representing as they create.

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5. 5.When the collages are finished, ask students to use the details from the Character Collage Worksheet as a guide for writing a biographical paragraph.

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6.

Students may “introduce” their character to the class as they read aloud their paragraph. The class should then set up a display of all the collages and biographies.

the final product character collages
The Final Product – Character Collages!

I’m Leeya and I live in Tampa. Acting is my favorite thing to do. I enjoy watching reality shows and am afraid of the dark – I always keep a night light on.

I’m Sherri. I like hanging out with friends and playing with animals. I want to learn how to ballroom dance, but I wish I didn’t know what a parasite can do to someone.

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There is not much to do in Wiwahithkay, and that’s the way I like it. I prefer to stay at home and read or crochet. I like to listen to classical music and watch birds. I still have a button from a dress my grandmother made for me when I was four years old.

My name is Lily. I’m 35 years old. I love to garden and grow flowers. I love to spend time traveling … When I’m outside , I love to listen to classical music. I am terribly afraid of spiders.

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My mom names me Zack after my father, who ran of before I was born. All I know about him is that he was in the Navy. My mom gave me a starfish button for “good luck sailing” . I want to be a marine biologist as a way of finding my father.

I’m Robert and I’m 30 years old. I like to take walks in the woods. I want to live in the boon-docks and watch CMT.

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I live in France. My name is Rachel and one thing I wish to do one day is to visit America. I wish I didn’t know how great America is; they have so many things that France doesn’t. I only have one thing from America – my grandmother’s blue button.

My name is Noel and I love my grandchildren. I am basically the best grandmother that has ever stepped foot on earth!

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I’m Robert Odgers – 230 pounds of pure muscle. God don’t want no lazy, sissy men who sit inside and do nothing. He wants men to fight in his army. I love football and I hate my dog.

I’m Rylee and I’m five years old. I love playing with my long blonde hair and cannot stand it when I have to be still. My mom gave me a red button that used to be hers when she was a little girl. It’s very special to me.

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I hate to sit around and o nothing and I am afraid of spiders. I wish I knew important facts about my ancestors and I wish I didn’t know math – it seems useless to me.

I’m Bilbo McGunblemyer. I like to play drums and hunt with my two sons, Joe and Bilbo Jr. I’d like to know why God made wasps, and I wish cuss words would go away.

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My name is Henry. I love to do nature walks and play football. .. I like to listen to rain falling on the roof.

As I sit in my apartment across from Central Park, I watch the trees change colors. I love the season when I can walk the streets with New York’s chilly breeze blowing through my black hair.

credit and special thanks to the cornerstone christian school 9 th grade english class 2010
Credit and SPECIAL THANKS to the Cornerstone Christian School 9th grade English class - 2010