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Day 4, Morning Session

Storytelling and Personal Discovery

Essential Questions:

How do our stories of oppression, defeat, victory and triumph bring us together?

As the leader in a classroom setting, what’s the importance of merging Curriculum and Compassion for the youth you’re leading?

LAFS.5.W.1.3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.


LAFS.5.SL.2.5: Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.

Focus Standards

HipHop artist, songwriter, educator and youth advocate, Konshens the MC, led a moving morning session which focused on bringing empathy into the classroom.

Using recycled clean trash, saved throughout the week, they collaborated to make a sculpture that represented the story of oppression they wished to share with the room.

Participants discussed a time when they experienced oppression and how they overcame or reimagined their circumstances.

Konshens led a discussion of the observable characteristics and the possible interpretations of each sculpture, and then the artists shared a written piece that accompanied the art. In this way, individual stories were shared with the larger group without the pressure of feeling "on the spot."

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Day 4, Afternoon Sessions: Framing Maps and Rehearsal

Dance, Dance, Dance!
The afternoon kicked off with some after-lunch dancing!

"I am surprised by the emotional connections that we made with each other to better understand others.  I realize that I'm not the only one that had a struggle.  This would be helpful to my students and self to understand students." - Teacher Comment

Left: Participants framed their vellum maps using black foam-core strips. They were encouraged to create unique shapes for their maps.

Right: Gowri and Debbi demonstrate what the maps will look like when back lit. 

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