Happy Friday, Monarchs!
Today we’re starting our mandala project, which includes an essay, a visual, and a presentation in front of the class. The essay is worth 50 points, and the presentation is worth another 50 points, so the entire project is worth a total of 100 points. You will have all period on Monday, 8/15 to finish your mandala and your essay, and presentations will be August 16th for 2nd, 4th, and 6th, and on August 17th for 3rd and 7th.
I suggest you
write your essay first since it’ll require more time to complete than your visual presentation, and you may need time to work on it over the weekend. Check out the outline in the image on the left so you know what I expect from your essay:
As you can see, I expect you to write a five paragraph essay. The first paragraph is the introduction, which introduces the reader to the topic. In this case, the topic is you! The second, third, and fourth paragraphs create the body of your essay. This is where you talk about what your symbols represent, and you use evidence from your life to prove it. The last paragraph is the conclusion, and the conclusion wraps up the essay and leaves the reader with a lasting impression. In this case, your conclusion should give your reader (me, your teacher) any final information that will help me to better help you succeed in my class this year.
Not sure what symbolism is? Check out this helpful resource!
Remember, this is your first writing assignment for your English class this year. Show off your writing skills!
Creating Mandalas is an AVID strategy that I’ve always enjoyed because it allows the artistic students to tap into their creativity well, and it allows the analytical students to create something deep and meaningful. It’s also a great way to get to know my students! Not sure what Mandalas are? Read AVID’s definition below:
“A mandala is a wondrous and meaningful design made in the form of a circle. These special drawings traditionally displayed highly intricate illustrations of religious significance and were used for meditation. Since then, mandalas have become a tool for displaying individual and cultural uniqueness in the world over. A simple definition of the mandala is that it is a circular drawing made to represent the harmony and wholeness of life or the wholeness of a person. Tibetans used mandalas for calming themselves and for thinking about the meaning of life. Today, people often create mandalas to form a simple representation of who they are. To make a mandala, a person begins by thinking of symbols that represent him or her. These symbols might include a dove to represent peace, a heart to represent love, or an open hand to represent friendship. The symbols a person chooses are then carefully drawn in the mandala.”
The key is to create something full of different images and colors with little to no empty space.I will hang most if not all of the mandalas on the walls of the classroom, and they will stay on the walls for the remainder of the school year. Make sure you’re proud of your mandala! Check out the images in the gallery below to see some of my favorite mandalas.