TOOLKIT: PLACE BASED STORY
SUBJECT: LANGUAGE ARTS
ARTIST: BILL WOODROW / GREER LANKTON
GRADE: recommended 3rd-12th grade
Students look closely at artwork and their surroundings.
Students understand the elements of a story.
Students create a story and narrative based on visual cues and inspiration.
1. What are your favorite stories? What do you like about them?
2. What makes a good story?
3. What are the important elements of a story?
1. Ship of Fools: Discovery of Time (1986) by Bill Woodrow
2. It’s all about ME, Not You (1996) by Greer Lankton
Walk around your house, school or neighborhood. Find a place where there are no people. Now imagine what was happening there an hour before, a day before, a year before, ten years before, fifty years before. Even if it is a very familiar place, use your imagination to write a story with an unusual twist. Use the visual elements to create something unexpected and surprising.
PENNSYLVANIA CORE STANDARDS
-write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events
-orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters.
-engage and orient the reader by establishing a context (problem, situation, or observation) and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters
-organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally, using temporal words and/or phrases to signal event order; provide a sense of closure
-organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally, using a variety of transitional words and phrases to manage the sequence of events; provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences and events
-organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically using a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence, signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another and show the relationships among experiences and events; provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on the narrated experiences or events