#34 Quilts

Renee Caraballo

ABOUT QUILTS.

For use with students in grades 3-8, as well as adaptable for ELL students.


  • Deepens comprehension
  • Provides an outlet to utilize the visual aspects of language arts, viewing and visually representing.
  • Collaborative learning opportunity. Students must work together to creative a cohesive quilt.
  • Multimodal. Can be made out of many different media.


ELL students can participate in this activity, because it is utilizing their artistic abilities. Accommodations for ELL students often include allowing them to use their L1, L2 or draw pictures. This can be a great way for them to express themselves through art, and a great way to practice literary concepts such as theme.

HOW TO USE THIS STRATEGY

It is a whole class activity. Collaborative with teacher and students. (Work together to decide the format for the quilts).

  1. Design the quilt square. -- theme, characters, or setting. Colors should be representative of the symbols used.
  2. Make the squares -- students should add a favorite quote/comment in designated area of the quilt.
  3. Assemble the quilt.


WHEN TO USE THIS STRATEGY

  • At the end of a literature focus, or thematic unit.
  • Multimodal. Can be made out of many different media.
  • End of year project
  • Biography card.
  • Easily adaptable, and can be used in social studies, science, etc.

WHY I LIKE IT

I like the idea of quilts because it allows the students the chance to creatively express their ideas. They have the opportunity to show how they have personally been impacted by the work of literature that they are working on. Students have the opportunity to show the scene or communicate the theme that meant the most to them throughout the study. Also, every student has the opportunity to participate in this assignment.


Quilts have also been around for ages. They have been used in many different cultures to tell stories or preserve memories. Using quilts in the classroom gives the students the chance to tell their own story.

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LINKS TO IDEAS IN THE COMMON CORE

Literature and Reading: Informational Text:


  • Students integrate information presented in varied media and formats to understand a topic.
  • students determine the theme of the story.
  • Students analyze how visual elements contribute to meaning.