Literary Weaving makes an excellent group or whole-class extension
project that works well for students of all ages – and all
levels of artistic experience and ability.
strip of adding machine tape, each student designs a visual
using symbols, colors, and words to capture significant ideas
or themes from the book.
• Students revisit the book and review their Golden Lines,
journals, or discussions to pull out “big ideas.”
It may help to discuss with others.
• Use words, symbols, and colors to design the strip.
Keep in mind that each strip will be woven together with others
so that some parts will be hidden. Talk about effective use
of “white space.”
• On the back, students write the book’s title and
a Golden Line.
can then be woven together, either as a temporary artistic
installation on the floor or more permanently as attached
to a colored border.
• For an effective presentation, gather all students
in a circle with floor space in the center. One at a time,
each student reads her/his Golden Line and says the title
of the book. Then lay the strip on the floor. As others add
their strips, the teacher (or students) can begin to weave
• When the weaving is complete, ask students to talk
about what they see and how they interpret their art.
The photo on
the left below shows how a whole-class weaving looks from a distance
-- fusing all images into a colorful and serendipitous pattern.
This weaving was designed from a whole-class reading of Roll
of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor.
on the right shows close-up detail of a whole-class literary weaving
based on four literature circle books: Tomorrow When the War
Began by John Marsden, The House of Dies Drear by Virginia
Hamilton, After the First Death by Robert Cormier, and Johnny
Tremain by Esther Forbes. In this case, each student designed
an individual strip based on the book he or she read. Then all strips
from the class were woven together.
literary weaving based on
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
by Mildred Taylor
Brighton School, Lynnwood, Washington
detail of a whole-class weaving based on four books:
Tomorrow When the War Began
by John Marsden,
The House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton,
After the First Death by Robert Cormier, and
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
Assumption School, Bellingham, Washington
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