Friday, September 18, 2009

Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule Project

Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule

We have seen history come to life while reading our very first novel, Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule. The author has used such vivid vocabulary and figurative language to help the story seem so real. Now, it is YOUR turn to make the story come to life EVEN MORE!

**What do I do?- Create a shoebox diorama showing a scene of your choice from the novel.**

My Scene: _____________________________________________________________________

You might wish to find illustrations or photographs in books or on the Internet about this period in history to help you make your depiction as accurate as possible.

You will present your diorama on Thursday, October 1st. You will dress up as one of the characters who is in the scene that you chose. “This Character” will present the diorama to the class while giving five facts about the scene.

Choose the scene for your diorama and gather or draw pictures for it.
Brainstorm and web the important points you think should be included in your diorama.
Make sketches of how you want your diorama to look. Plan the front, back, sides, and top. Make the inside of the diorama look as deep and three dimensional as you can. Use lots of details!
Share your sketches with other creative people. Ask them to make suggestions of ways that you could improve your diorama.
Gather the materials you will use to construct your diorama. ASK an adult to do any sharp cutting or hot gluing for you!
Use the rubric and the sketches you made to construct your diorama. Make sure that the box is sturdy! Remember: Have fun and be creative!
Share your diorama during your presentation.

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