Powerful closures

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IMG_4120The students presented their creative projects for All Quiet on the Western Front today. There was the annual absurdly funny video of the book by a few of the boys, a collection of poems about the war from all the countries involved (accompanied with their national flag), a very moving film of drawings done by JG accompanied with significant quotes from the book. There were a variety of posters, a soldier’s kit, and a diary.

AM created a portrait of Muller’s boots, the surface of which were covered with quotes about comradeship from the book.

KT created a camera that had a nationalistic, propagandistic poster at the back which opened and revealed a portrait of wounded soldiers inside.

One student created a locked box of the memories and emotions of a World War I soldier.

Three students sang “Black and Gold” in three part harmony.

There was the recitation of poetry by heart, some written by the students themselves.

EK created a war game based on the “Choose your own adventure” concept.

Two students performed a scene from War Horse.

JP wrote two obituaries—one for a soldier who died in the war, the other for the same soldier had he lived.

Did I mention that we gathered around the security guard’s desk at the end of class to hear some of his stories as a marine in Vietnam?

Powerful closures.

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2 Responses to Powerful closures

  1. writeejit says:

    What a thoughtful, talented group of students. You’re lucky to have ’em. And they’re lucky to have a teacher who engages them in such an important way, and obviously helps them to think outside the box. Well done all ’round.

  2. Jerome Bloom says:

    My
    Hope
    Is that
    None of
    Your
    Students
    Have to
    GOTO
    War

    Perhaps
    One Day
    They will

    Prevent
    One

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