Responding to Literature, Grade 8
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Responding to Literature, Grade 8 : Unit 8 Stories to Tell: Fiction : The War of the Wall / Toni Cade Bambara : Activities

The War of the Wall / Toni Cade Bambara

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Collaborative Learning: Designing an Appropriate Mural

East Harlem Online contains an article called "Manny Vega Jr. Completes the East 104th Street Mural." Read the article describing Vega’s process. You can also find a link to download the panoramic picture of the restored wall. Why do you think this mural is a source of so much neighborhood pride? Write your answer in your journal.

Can you think of a mural design that would have a similar effect in your community? Work in a small group to come up with an idea and to plan a mural. Draw the design on a large piece of paper. Remember that, if you actually want to create a mural on a wall in your community, you have to obtain permission from the owner of the building.

Extra: Here are some additional mural sites:

Los Angeles artist Nancy Rudolph created a web site called Once Upon a Wall to display her wall murals for children. Click on portfolio to see thumbnail prints of some of her work. Click on a thumbnail to see the full size image.

Ireland is a country that has been torn in half by conflict for many decades. Look at Political Wall Murals In Northern Ireland. Click on "Directory" and browse through some of the albums. You will find thumbnail prints of murals that will be enlarged when you click on them. Some are professional and some are somewhat crudely painted, but all express a political idea.

Once Upon a Wall

Political Wall Murals In Northern Ireland

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