TOOLKIT: OBJECT STORIES
SUBJECT: VISUAL ARTS / LANGUAGE ARTS
ARTIST: MARNIE WEBER
GRADE: recommended 6th-12th grade
Students will collect, explore and look closely at everyday objects.
Students will write a narrative story or play using elements such as plot, setting, theme, etc.
Students will perform their play or read their story.
1. How is this object used in everyday life?
2. How does writing about the object give it a new meaning?
3. What kinds of emotions can you attach to the object by connecting it to a character or person?
4. How can the setting, time and place influence the object? How can the object influence the person or character associated with it?
1. Ghost Train (2015), Marnie Weber
Collect some everyday objects from your home or community. Take an object and associate it with a person/ character. Write a play or story using the object to give life to the character. How can the object be used to illicit an emotion such as fear when you construct a narrative? How could you use the same object and person with a different emotion? How does the environment and setting change the tone of the narrative? Perform the play or share your story with your class.
PENNSYLVANIA CORE STANDARDS
-write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events
-engage and orient the reader by establishing a context (problem, situation, or observation) and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters
-use narrative techniques such as dialogue, description, reflection, and pacing to develop experiences, events, and/or characters; use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events
-writing with an understanding of stylistic aspects of writing including: precise language; varied structure and language chosen for style and audience; developing and maintaining a consistent, specific voice