Today was fun: we looked at a 6-sentences paragraph form a very famous book “to kill a mockingbird“.
An interesting idea was to analyze each sentence with the tool of synesthesia: read it, and tell me which colour you associate with it.
Kids learned how feelings, mood and words are all linked.
By the way, the text we selected was the following:
1. People moved slowly then.
2. They ambled across the square, shuffled in and out of the stores around it, took their time about everything.
3. A day was twenty-four hours long but seemed longer.
4. There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County.
5. But it was a time of vague optimism for some of the people:
6. Maycomb County had recently been told that it had nothing to fear but fear itself.
So, maybe, the text was the reason of all those dark colors. Was it?
We later asked them to compose quickly an alliterated poem, and one boy couldn’t imagine how to do it. Not at all.
I told him “do you like music? Think about singing it.
– There was no hurry,
– for there was nowhere to go,
– nothing to buy and
– no money to buy it with,
– nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County.
Can tou feel it?
Can you hear the sound of N?”
He came up with a witty one-sentence poem/song that was absolutely beautiful.
It was the beauty of a 30 seconds creative task.
With a sudden freedom, with a new tool: music into literature.
I got a gift today: to see a door maybe forever locked, now opened; and inside an entire world of ideas, beauty and wonder.
Creating more beauty.