Standard: W.9-10.2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Learning Target: Students will share their letters of introduction and begin working on their “sun and shadow” mandala.
Activator: Grammar School with Snooki
Welcome back to day 2, everyone! First things first, we’re going to share our letters. This is nothing formal, just go around the room and say your name and share something you wrote. Really, this is just to help me remember your names. When you’re done, turn your letter in. I’ll read it in full and write back to you 🙂
Today we are going to start working on our mandalas. I have made mandalas with my classes before, but this time we’re going to do something a bit different and work on what’s called a “Sun/Shadow” mandala. What the heck am I talking about, you ask? Great question!
SUN-SHADOW MANDALA PROJECT
Directions: Mandalas are one of the oldest art forms known to humanity. They are one of the oldest symbols in the world and one of the few universal ones. Translated from Sanskrit, mandala means circle – a symbol of completeness – the most perfect medium in which to present a picture of yourself. One type of mandala is called the sun-shadow mandala, and it represents, in part, the contrasts between one’s sun qualities – what is visible and projected – and the shadow qualities – what is interior and inward. I. The first step in making a mandala is writing two sets of answers to the questions below. One set represents the sun answers; the other set represents the shadow answers:
Sun-Images: How do you appear on the surface to the world? This is the part of you that is seen or projected to others.
1. What animal are you most like?
2. What plant are you most like?
3. What color are you most like?
4. What shape are you most like?
5. What number are you most like?
6. What mineral or gem are you most like?
7. What natural element are you most like?
Shadow-Images: The part of you that is not shown. The shadow images can be considered the direct opposites to the sun images.
1. What animal are you like internally?
2. What plant are you like internally?
3. What color are you like internally?
4. What shape are you like internally?
5. What number are you like internally?
6. What mineral or gem are you like internally?
7. What natural element are you like internally?
Sun Image – what is visible and projected (what is seen)
Shadow Image – what is interior and inward (what is hidden; the opposite of the sun image)
Once the questions are complete, the next step is to write a sentence for each of your symbols. The most important part of your sentence is the “why” part. Through your sentences you will share why you feel a certain symbol represents you. In the end you will have a total of 14 sentences. Here are some examples:
Sun Sentence Frame:
I am like a/the (sun image), because like the (sun image), I __________________________________.
Ex: I am like poison oak, because like poison oak, I’m harmless until stepped on.
Shadow Sentence Frame:
I am like a/the (shadow image), because like the (shadow image), I ___________________________.
Ex: I am like a Venus flytrap, because like a Venus flytrap, I want to capture you and make you a part of me.
The next step is to write a single sentence containing all of your sun signs; and, a single sentence containing all of your shadow signs. This requires you to get creative. Consider it word play. You may add words necessary to complete your sentence. You will write both of these sentences around the outside perimeter of your mandala.
Sun Sentence: The playful kitten jumped up into the spider plant to stare up at the sky blue heavens with round, amethyst eyes before pouncing back to earth, scratching his claws in the dirt seven times.
Shadow Sentence: The fierce lion roared in agony as he stumbled into a diamond shaped thorn bush, his eyes black with rage and his breath as hot as fire, as his square jaw picked out thirteen painful needles.
Once you have your sun and shadow sentences written, I will give you a template to trace a circle and begin working on your mandala. You should incorporate all of your sun and shadow symbols into your mandala.
We will work on this all day in class, and we will have all day tomorrow for coloring your mandalas in. Enjoy, everyone!