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Connecticut Students Write from a Different Point of View

Publication: The Cheshire Herald
Date: April 25, 2009

Summary: Each year, middle-schoolers from Dodd Middle School tackle a unique assignment designed to address perspective: they look at a piece of art and choose any aspect about which to write. The results are wonderfully creative.


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Each year, students in Lori Woodfield's language arts class participate in a unique writing assignment designed to help them understand the concept of perspective. Grabarz, along with the rest of the students in her class, was asked this year to look at a painting by Phoebe Beasley, entitled "Block Party," and choose an aspect of the piece about which to write.

The purpose of the project, according to Woodfield, is to teach students that two people can look at the same piece of art yet see two completely different things.

"The students had to look at the painting and then explain how they saw the artwork," explained Woodfield. "The idea was that they all saw something different. Then, I asked them to literally jump into the painting themselves."

Copyright © 2009 The Cheshire Herald. Reprinted with permission.
Rook, John. 2009. "Dodd Takes On Project From A Different Point Of View." The Cheshire Herald, April 25.

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