Strategy #34: Quilts
By: Paige DuBay
What is it?
How to use this strategy:
This is a whole-class activity. The teacher and students work together to design the format of the quilt. Students can individually or with partners create their squares.
STEP 1: DESIGN
The teacher and student work together to choose a design for the quilt square that best suits the story, for example: theme, symbols, characters, setting. Students can choose a quilt design or create their own design that captures part of the story, for example: an important scene from the story.
STEP 2: MAKING THE QUILT SQUARES
- Cut out construction paper squares
- Draw pictures in one section and add decorations in the other sections
- Arrange the squares to look like a quilt
- Copy a quote
- Record a fact
- Write a poem
- Other piece of writing in a section or around square
STEP 3: ASSEMBLE THE QUILT
The teacher will tape the squares together and back the quilt with butcher paper or staple the squares next to each other on a large bulletin board.
Why to use this strategy:
- Students often choose designs and colors that emphasize a theme or big idea.
- Students get to use visual modes (viewing and visual representation) to create quilt squares.
- The squares deepen their comprehension.