I hope you all enjoyed my mini-lesson on Maniac Magee. It was so great and insightful to see how you guys illustrated your family. Some drew their family in a setting (e.g. having dinner, watching TV), some wrote their family names in flower petals, each flower representing a group of people. It was also interesting to who or what was considered family, one student included their characters they create in their fiction writing as a part of their family, another student included friends and even family members who were deceased.
I loved reading your comments and suggests. There was a common thread in the reflections asking to tie the activity to the text. I think it’s important for students to establish their opinions on a unit before entering it. Asking students the essential questions before a unit can help also the teacher on grouping students with different or similar views. It can also help to determine how much knowledge students have on the unit topic. It terms of a unit for Maniac Magee having the students illustrate their family is a fun, relaxing project. I thought students drawing their families would give me a similar insight to the insight I received about you guys.
I hope you guys had fun and that you found some benefits in adding art projects to your lesson.