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Art can help heal deep, historic wounds. Students create a book to show knowledge and feelings about regrets of the past and ways to build a better future.
As students investigate historical events from around the world, have them discuss positive and negative outcomes from these events.
Organize students in small group to select a singe historical event and complete in-depth research on that event.
Once student research is complete, have each group prepare a booklet representing their analysis of the event, including both positive and negative outcomes. Also ask students to include how human kind could make amends for any perceived wrongs that are out-growths from the event.
Fold a stack of white paper into quarters. Unfold it once, like an open book in front of you. With Crayola® Scissors, cut out a piece of fun foam a bit larger all around than the book pages.
To bind the pages together at the center fold, ask an adult to help you use a large yarn needle. Poke five holes down the spine of the fold. With sturdy thread, sew the pages together. Come up through the bottom hole and leave a tail of thread dangling. Go down through the next hole and come up into the center hole. Go down the fourth and up through the top hole. Reverse your direction going down the up holes and up the down holes. Notice that you are making a solid line of thread along the book’s center spine. Leave another long tail of thread at the bottom. Knot the beginning and end of the thread.
Cut open the folds along the top of the pages to create separate pages. Close the pages to form a book.
To make the book’s sturdy cover, spread the top first page with Crayola School Glue. Stick it to the open piece of fun foam. Smooth out any bubbles. Open the book and glue the last page to the foam. Make sure the book can be closed with ease and that the pages lie flat when open or closed. Air dry the book flat.
Think about historical episodes that you have learned about and that you never want to occur again. How can you visually depict that on the cover of your book? Draw the cover with Crayola Oil Pastels. As you draw, blend and smooth the pastels with paper towels.
Inside, use Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils to write and illustrate historic facts. For highlights on your drawings, erase small sections. Include personal apologies for any hurt and harm. How can people make new beginnings that promote harmony and justice?
This powerful diorama pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrate his historic civil rights speech on the step
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