Children watched Akram Khan’s opening ceremony piece from London 2012. They watched the dance twice and wrote words and ideas on large sugar paper. Children then circled all the words they had written which demonstrated emotional attachment to the dance they had seen and mapped an emotion arc. They then cut out the verbs/nouns/adjectives they had written and placed these along the emotion arc, adding adverbs and determiners. Finally, children produced poetry and stories inspired by the dance piece.
What’s it good for? Paragraphing, story mapping, empathy, recount, first-person narratives, poetry, word classes.