Margaret Shaw-MacKinnon at Minnewasta School
Artists in the Schools Residency Program
April 29 – May 3, 2013
The K-2 students at Minnewasta School had a fun-filled week with writer Margaret Shaw-MacKinnon exploring storytelling, writing, dramatic theatre, and drawing.
Each class worked collectively to brainstorm a story, create characters, and write and illustrate their own book. Margaret began class by reading from her book Pod, the Wood Elf, and followed up with an art activity called Illustrating Emotions.
The writing and illustrating lessons and the skills learned through the project were related to the classes’ Social Studies curricula, and will tie into other student projects in the classroom throughout the year.
“It was great to outline the progression needed from Kindergarten to the older grades and how they need to keep practising and learning more each year until they, too, can write a whole book or draw the pictures from their imaginations. They were very excited to see how great their illustrations of emotions came out!” … Kindergarten teacher Lorilee Barrett
The students thoroughly enjoyed the activities and asked their teachers every day whether Margaret was coming again. Their comments included: “This is awesome!,” “I liked the whole story book that we made,” and “I liked when she read Wood Elf.”
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