General News: Pre-Texts
Students in the Pre-Texts Book Club at Prospect Hill Academy’s Franklin and Webster campuses are reading, writing, and making great works of art!
Students in the K-1 class are listening to sections of The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. So far, the students have mimed the characters’ emotions as part of a drama activity and created drawings of the setting.
The 4th and 5th graders have read excerpts from 2 books: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and The Little Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupéry. Working individually and as a group, students have used these texts as the foundational material for their art projects. After having read a section describing Atticus, students worked in pairs to create drawings based on their partners’ descriptions of selected characters. Students then shared their results with the group. I was surprised that one student selected Miss Maudie–a character only mentioned in passing. It was fascinating to hear how the text shaped his impression of her, and how he filled in the details with his imagination. Using this same section, students created clay sculptures of verbs found in the text.
It’s been such a pleasure to work with this group, and to overhear them telling their friends how much they enjoy a session in which, as one student excitedly exclaimed, “We get to read and make art!”
In this photo, 4th and 5th graders work on masks of characters from
The Little Prince at Prospect Hill Academy.