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Writing & Thinking Workshop
Workshop Script for Nitobe Memorial Garden (Japanese Garden) (87-108 min) Goals for the Session: Introduce oneself to the group, and explore the relationship between textual and visual expression, though several FFWs and a drawing. Key Elements: FW FFW SHARING: READ-AROUND VOLUNTEERING IN PAIRS PROCESS FW. The session begins with a Free Write. [Can omit if not the first activity of the session.] (5 min) Reading aloud. The “Welcome” section (5 paragraphs) is read aloud, by 5 different volunteers. (2 min) Reading aloud/“Touring.” Students turn the page. Looking at the side of the spread with the 17 descriptions, the instructor reads the italicized text at the top. Then, beginning with a volunteer, students (and the instructor) read #1 through #17 in a readaround. While they do that, everyone follows along on the “path” on the right side of the spread. (5 min) Re-reading. The instructor re-reads #12 (“the way of teenage rebellion”). (1 min) FFW. How have the designers of the Nitobe Memorial Garden chosen to portray “the way of teenage rebellion”? (5 min) FFW. How would you portray “the way of teenage rebellion” if you were designing a garden about someone’s life? (5 min) SHARING. One of the two FFWs is read in a READ-AROUND. (7 min) FFW in List form. Make of a list of significant moments in your life. These can just be moments you particularly remember. (5 min) FFW. Do a Focused Free Write on one of the moments in your list. (5 min)
FFW. Do a Focused Free Write on another one of the moments in your list. (5 min) SHARING. One of the two FFWs is read in a READ-AROUND. (7 min) Partner work. Students are divided into pairs. Within each pair, each student reads both of their “moment” FFWs (including the one read aloud to the group). Then, they can ask follow up questions. (8-10 min) Retelling. Each student, in their own notebook, chooses one of their partner’s stories, and retells it in their own words. (5 min) Reading aloud. Students are asked to turn back to the “Welcome” page. One volunteer reads the “Stone Lanterns” paragraph. Another reads “Bridges.” Another reads “Waterfalls.” (2 min) FFW. Think about the story you have just retold. Is that story more like a lantern, or more like a bridge, or more like a waterfall? (5 min) Drawing. Students are asked to imagine that they are designing a garden about the life of their partner. What would the monument for this moment from their life look like? Make a sketch on a fresh sheet of paper. (5-7 min) SHARING. Volunteering in pairs, the students each introduce one another’s stories by having the person whose story it is read the FFW aloud. Then the partner reads the lantern/bridge/waterfall FFW aloud. Then the partner shows the drawing and explains it verbally. (15-20 min) Optional PROCESS. What did we do in this session? (5 min) [Plus sharing a few of them, 2 min.]