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A Day at Plimoth Plantation

Original Paintings and Text by Macayla McNamara


It is dawn in early November. The tie-dye sky is popping with fluffy texture. A deer’s feet go “click-clack” as he walks in the early morning. A squirrel chews on an acorn, “crunch, crunch.” The wind whispers in the air. Water ripples by a Wampanoag shelter.


As the golden buttercup sun rises above the horizon, the Pilgrims slowly wake up. Crows are chirping joyfully in the aquamarine sky. A little girl is going to feed the goat. The glowing sun says, “Good morning!�


It is a hot and sunny day for harvesting. As the Pilgrim picks the corn, the air gets warmer and warmer. Clouds float in every direction. The whistling wind slithers through the wheat. The man’s footsteps crackle on the dry grass.


The sunset sky is swirling with beautiful colors. The corn is ripe and ready to be picked. The bright sun sinks below the village. Before the Pilgrims go to bed, they eat their dinner. The sun says, “Good night.�


The sunset sky is swirling with beautiful colors. The corn is ripe and ready to be picked. The bright sun sinks below the village. Before the Pilgrims go to bed, they eat their dinner. The sun says, “Good night.�


It looks like a volcano just exploded in the sky! The camp fire is crackling with sparks as the Wampanoags prepare to cook their dinner. Tree branches dangle to the ground. Twilight has come.


It is night. A pitch-black glaze covers the sky. The stars are glowing with excitement as the moon glitters in its sleep. It is a quiet night. The village people are sleeping.


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

Macayla-Plimoth Book  

A Day at Plimoth Plantation Original Paintings and Text by Macayla McNamara It is dawn in early November. The tie-dye sky is popping with fl...