Agenda September 16, 2005 1. Copy agenda 2. Journal: Make a bullet point list of the changes you made between drafts. How do you think your writing has improved? Do you notice any noticeable differences? Has anyone commented on your writing improvement? Do you believe your letter is clear and interesting to its particular audience? Do you believe your letter effectively conveys its purpose? 3. Introduce Mandala Project 4. Lesson: The Power of Metaphor 5. Review H.W. --- Create Mandala Hint: anything in red does not need to be copied
Remember Classroom Rules
Listen with intent to understand (not respond).
Open your mind to new learning practice
Wonder in front of each other
Assume and exhibit good will.
Provide Symbols for the Following words
Provide Words for the Following Symbols
Provide Words for the Following Symbols
Sun Images What animal are you most like? What plant are you most like? What color are you most like? What shape are you most like? What number are you most like? What mineral or gem are you most like? What natural element are you most like?
--air, earth, fire, or water? (you may choose some aspect of the element or the entire category: breeze, hurricane, or tornado for air, e.g., or mountain, desert, to beach for earth).
What natural element are you most like ?
These seven symbols become the sun images for your mandala. The concept of sun image arises naturally from the method of arriving at these images in a thoughtful, conscious manner, in "the light of day" as we say.
Writing The Sun Sentences: The next step is to write a sentence for each of these specific symbols. You may use the following core sentence as you think through your primary reason for selecting each of your sun images. There may be a number of reasons why you select a giraffe, for example; but in this part of the exercise, think about the single most important characteristic that you (as the character) share with the giraffe. Suggested core sentence: I am like the (sun image) because, like the (image), I_______________. Examples: I am most like poison oak because, like poison oak, I am harmless until I'm stepped on.
I am most like a giraffe because, like the giraffe, my vision extends beyond my reach.
Selecting Sun Image Qualities: After you have generated your sun images and the seven sentences elaborating on the nature of their relationships, fill in the mandala chart. To fill out Column 2, you will need to find one word to express the single characteristic or quality that represents the underlying reason for each choice and place that "quality" word in column two on the chart. Selecting these words is not easy; it can be a rigorous vocabulary activity. Selecting these words is a key activity. Even if you end up with a word you first thought of, you use this word with a firm knowledge of its appropriateness. I encourage you to use the dictionary, the thesaurus, the library and each other during this part of the process. After column two is filled out, you are ready to move to the idea of opposites, or the shadow images.
Writing Shadow Sentences: Here is a core sentence from which to model yours. Write a sentence for each of your shadow images. Suggested Core Sentence: "Inwardly, I am like a _____ because_____."
Directions for Creating Your Mandala
Drawing the Sun-Shadow Mandala: The directions for actually drawing the mandala are very simple: Within the framework of a circle, using color and shape, but no words, draw or symbolize all of your sun images and all of your shadow images. Arrange them in any way that you like. You may want to consider how you place things in relation to each other or you may want to consider only the way the colors and shapes look together. The artistry of the drawing is not as important as the images you choose. Use symbols if you cannot draw something you have selected. For example, a simple drawing of the footprint of a bear can stand for a bear.