The Pandemic & Creative Communities
By Dr. Anne Desrosiers and Precediha Dangerfield, 826 Valencia
The COVID-19 pandemic changed our lives. This lesson will support students in processing the changes in their everyday lives and help them to identify the creativity their community has exhibited.
Narrative, Poetry, Social-Emotional Learning
4 sessions: 60 minutes each
The Pandemic and Creative Communities — Handout
What Your Students Will Learn
Students will learn how to process a big life event and turn that into inspiration for a personal narrative, elegy poem, pastoral poem, or freestyle writing.
Common Core Alignments
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grades 11-12 here.)
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.
What Your Students Will Produce
Students will produce a poem, a freestyle piece of writing (such as a create-your-own adventure story), or a first-person narrative that will make space for them to process the effects of the pandemic and identify creative problem-solving in their communities.