will read and learn about Italy’s unique city- Venice.
will create with a partner their own island city/country.
island will be a three-dimensional collage board using paper,
gesso, and paint. Students
will also design and write
own pamphlet describing their city/country.
Topic/Classroom discussion of Article, “Venice is
Sinking” in Time
warn that Venice Italy’s treasured city built on 118 islands may
sink eight inches in the next 50 years
Reasons for this include sinking grounds and rising sea
Italy has sank 5 inches in the past century the Italian government
is exploring a solution called Project Moses a $2 billion dam
is in Europe.
is a city made up of islands.
is an everyday threat to Venice.
has more than 500,000 residents.
have agreed on a solution to keep Venice from sinking.
your Writing Journals,
create a unique city like Venice.
Your city is made up of five islands.
Describe your city! What
kinds of things does your city have?
You can be as creative as you like.
Also be realistic. What
kind of services much you need?( hospital, recreation, schools,
parks.) You must also
include a transportation network connecting the islands and a plan
to control flooding.
draw your map of your unique city.
Give your city a name and label all services that the
people will need. It
should be very detailed and colorful.
If you can, include the routes for transportation whether
it is by plane, car, boat, etc…Take your time and be neat.
2: With partner,
combine your unique islands.
Propose a solution to
sinking problem. Introduce
Island Collage Boards. Students
will use cardboard as base of island and build islands with paper
materials. Show them ways to crumple paper and add relief to their
board. Use glue, tape
etc… to add things to the board.
3: Begin building
island collage boards.
4: Finish building/
designing collage boards.
7: Finish Painting
8: Class discussion,
“Artists’ Chair” (this is where students can compliment each
other on their islands, ask questions, comment on the project
itself (likes/dislikes) and feel good about their work!
Pamphlets! See “My
Island.” This was a Sally Wilma addition J Basically, this pamphlet
is a writing assignment using a brochure like form that asks them
to describe their island city/country.
See criteria that students will follow and be assessed on.
As a final project for our island unit, you
will write a pamphlet describing your new city/country.
You will be assessed on the information in your pamphlet
based on the criteria listed below.
for Your Pamphlet:
climate, and how to get there from Seattle
founded, by whom, major events in history
of government and any major laws
of at least five major geographical features (mountain range,
major lakes, bay, desert, etc…)
of at least five points of interest, services, and recreational
facilities that your city/country has for tourists.
These are places that people may want to visit either for
its natural beauty (waterfall or National Park) or its commercial
attraction (beach resort, amusement park, other…)
must also include a transportation network and a plan to control
original that you can think of that would enhance your pamphlet.
Day 10: Rough
12: Publish in Lab,
Illustrate in Class
13: Final Touch-ups,
will probably display our brochures/pamphlets so that students can
admire their classmates’ work.
Things to consider before doing this!
Make sure that you teach cleaning up skills, which are so
important especially with paintbrushes and glue!
Allow plenty of time to clean up and assign job roles so
everyone is doing something!
Don’t leave the expensive gesso can on a table where it
can fall and spill all over your floor and wall of your classroom. Have a display at your school where others can enjoy these
colorful brochures and collage island boards!