Friday, September 9, 2011

9/11 Memorial Quilt Project

Following an interdisciplinary viewing of the documentary 9/11 narrated by Robert DeNiro and focused on the September 11th terrorist attacks from the point of view of the New York City Fire Department, students will be created a "square" for a grade level memorial "quilt" which will then be displayed in the school.
Students participated in a discussion in class today, where many ideas were shared, questions were asked, and feelings were addressed.  I was incredibly proud of the level of respect demonstrated by all students.  One of the most exciting parts of teaching for me is having the opportunity to learn from my students, and today was a day of tremendous reflection for me.

Students will be finishing their quilt squares on Monday in class or as homework Tuesday night. 

Here is the project description handed out to students:
The 9/11 Ten Year Memorial Quilt Project
On September 11, 2001, extremists attacked American soil, resulting in the destruction of the World Trade Center twin towers, serious damage to the Pentagon, passengers on board a hijacked airplane headed for Washington D.C. taking down the flight, the deaths of nearly 3,000 … and the grief of an entire nation.
This Sunday marks the ten year anniversary of one of America’s great tragedies.  To commemorate the event, Pittsfield 9th and 10th graders (or those fortunate enough to have a 9th or 10th grade class with Hamilton and Loud) will each create their own “quilt square” after viewing and discussing the Robert DeNiro-narrated documentary 9/11.
When the quilt squares are put together, we will have a fitting memorial to one of America’s darkest days.
You will be given a square to personalize in the way you feel best captures your thoughts and feelings … and provides a valuable tribute.  Please make an effort to ensure that your quilt square is aesthetically appealing.  Some ideas …
Mosaic of Questions or Phrases
Use a program such as Wordle or create your own “mosaic of questions or phrases” that you have after viewing 9/11.
The simplicity of a haiku (a three-lined poem containing 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second line, and 5 in the third line) is ideal for capturing powerful images.
Concrete Poem
 pyramid shape
          an idea of creating
    concrete poetry imagery
Collage of Visual Images

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