Map Your Streets & Tell Us Its Stories
By Allie Mariano, 826 New Orleans
Students will tell stories about their neighborhoods and create maps that document change. The end result is a better understanding of a map’s ability to demonstrate the history behind fixed points.
1 Session: 60-90 Minutes
What Your Students Will Learn
In this lesson, students document the history they encounter every day and reflect on their part in the overall changes in their community.
Common Core Alignments
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Engage and orient the reader by setting out a problem, situation, or observation and its significance, establishing one or multiple point(s) of view, and introducing a narrator and/or characters; create a smooth progression of experiences or events.
Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole and build toward a particular tone and outcome (e.g., a sense of mystery, suspense, growth, or resolution).
Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.
Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced, observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative.
What Your Students Will Produce
Students explore moments of life in their community using written and visual mediums and building the larger pieces of a city’s story one piece at a time, brainstorming notes, expanding these notes into stories, and ultimately creating visual maps to represent how small moments can reflect larger changes in a city.