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A Day in the Wampanoag Village

Arnald Meehan


At dawn, the Wampanoag father and son paddle the mishoon across the dark and light-blue stormy seas. Then the waves get higher, pushing the mishoon back and forth, tipping it. But they don’t fall. The men fish for food under the dark turquoise clouds.


The colorful clouds move forward in the sky at sunrise. The grassy hill sits still under the sky. The Wampanoag father goes hunting at sunrise to get a deer for his family to help his family survive together.


The clouds, the colorful clouds, fly across the sky. The father is out on the ocean again with other men from the village . His mishoon sails back with codfish for his family. He’s hungry and can’t wait to eat it with his wife and children.


The blue and purple sky sets. The family eats the yummy codfish that the mother cooked. A great surprise happens! Two Wampanoag men bring a deer they had hunted. The family invites the men to share their meal.


The sky is dark and getting darker at nighttime. The white shining moon stands high in the sky. The family sleeps because they are tired from hunting, fishing, and cooking. What a really fun day!


This is one of the many books which came to life while the students of Mrs. Mattson’s 3rd grade class explored the rich relationship between visual imagery and the written word. This Time of Day book was created as a part of Picturing Writing: Fostering Literacy Through Art®, an art-andliterature-based

writing

program

developed

by

Beth

Olshansky at the University of New Hampshire. The program is designed to support the acquisition of literacy skills in children with diverse learning styles. A researchbased literacy program, Picturing Writing has proven its effectiveness in dramatically improving student writing. After

a

visit

to

Plimoth

Plantation

in

Plymouth,

Massachusetts, our class combined the Time of Day unit with our study of the Wampanoag Indians and Pilgrims to create our own, unique visions of “A Day in the Life of Plantation.”

December, 2010


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