Behind the Masks: Exploring Culture and Self Through Art and Poetry


  • Aug 4 2010 1:31 PM

    Matching // Celeste Higby


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This ReadWriteThink lesson engages high school students in an extended study of the relationship between masks and cultures. Students research mask making from various cultures, draw sketches of the masks, and take notes that highlight the connections between the masks and the cultural practices of the people who created them. Using this information, students recreate the cultural masks and compose poetry to reveal their understanding and appreciation of these cultural artifacts. They then analyze aspects of their own culture and create personal masks and poetry to reflect their culture and themselves. This resource includes links to teacher and student materials and related Web sites. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested. Less

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    Topics and Grades

    Grade: 9 to 12

    Topics: Foreign Languages, English-Language Arts, Reading Comprehension, History-Social Science, Visual Arts, Writing Strategies