Our 8th grade class has taken to Creative Writing like a storm. We spent the first few weeks researching and learning about the art of Graffiti and how it is a culture in itself: representing a way people live, protest, respond, challenge, and create. It was such an eye opening experience for the students as we “tagged” our names all around the school with post-it notes, and created our street names through a program online. We also created positive thinking posters that now hang around my room.
Our final project was to “graffiti” the walls behind the school. The students had free reign to tag the building with positive words, art, and their names. It was the most beautiful day and we ended up chalking up the walls with some cool art.
I was so surprised to see how the students took to this topic. It’s so far removed from our school and small town vibe, and even though some may not be able to see it as valuable knowledge, it’s just another way for people to express themselves through art and words and the students felt in charge of their words and felt confident in what they created. That’s the whole point, right?
Here’s some of our work 🙂