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A Day at Plimoth Plantation

Original Paintings and Text by Clare Martin


It’s dawn at Plimoth Plantation. The wind blows and makes the pine needles fall off a tree. Chipmunks scamper around collecting acorns. The Wampanoag Indians inside the wetu wake up. It’s time for the sky to finally let the sun peek out, but only a slither. The water glows with the color of the sun.


It is sunrise. The sun peeks out from behind the water, ready to get up. A bird takes a morning stroll through the sand. Mishoons wait for day to come. The sand sparkles in the light. A flock of seagulls glide through the early morning air.


It is day. The Pilgrims plant corn in the field, for it is broad daylight. The sky shimmers deep blue in the sun. The grass blows in the wind, but not too hard. It will be a long day.


At sunset, the sun takes one last look over the horizon while sinking into the hills. Barely making a mirror for it, the water still sparkles for its last time in the day. The hills hide the sun while saying, “It’s time to go to sleep.” But the grass keeps blowing and the smoke from the Indian’s wetus still blows in the wind.


The sky dresses itself with silks of orange and red. The wetu stands with no companions in sight. Plants swish through the wind as it blows by. The water keeps flowing, still hard to see. Twilight is here.


At night, the moon paints stars across the sky. At night, the houses sit and wait for morning. At night, the moon shines on the water, and in return, the water sparkles in a smile. At night, the rocky path turns gray through the darkness. Shhhh. Day has gone to sleep.


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 ArtŽ, an art-and-literature-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 research-based 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, 2009


Clare-Plimoth Book