Check out this video documentary of some friends at the Prairie Lands Writing Project (in Missouri) as they use the concepts around the “Make Movement” (build it yourself) and technical writing to pursue connections to the curriculum (Common Core, in particular) around informational writing.
Two years ago, I took part in a National Writing Project session similar to this one (I demonstrated stopmotion animation) and it was a pretty interesting experience, but I have not yet been able to make that leap to the classroom. Documentaries like this one help keep the idea in mind — that our students have talents that we often don’t know about, that they can use that expertise to teach others, and that literacy connections abound in those ideas.
Thanks to the Prairie Lands folks for sharing out their project!
Peace (on the Make),