A Day in the Wampanoag Village
The pillow-soft clouds whisper to the dark blue sky at dawn at Plimoth Plantation. The Wampanoag men are hunting in the woods to find food for their wives and children. It is spring. The Wampanoag women are inside the strong wetu cooking breakfast.
The golden sun yawns like a lion as it wakes up for day. The cool fresh water carries the mishoon to the Wampanoag village. A little boy plays with the dog on the shore, while he waits for his older brothers to come back from a long time going fishing. The brothers left early in the morning before he woke up.
The hot bright yellow sun warms up the Wampanoag boys as they build a wetu. The wind carries the wavy cool water and it splashes on the Wampanoag boys as they get hotter and hotter. They are almost done with their work. Finally they can jump in the water because the sun is so powerful.
As the sun sets behind the grassy hills, the Wampanoag family gathers around the wetu for dinner. The bluish-purple sky stretches over the village. The yummy smell of fresh cooked fish fills the air. The Wampanoag mother waits next to the fire for the fish to cook so it doesnâ€™t burn.
The dark black sky rests above the grassy hills. The full moon reflects off the calm river. The Wampanoag boys fish in the dark by the light of the moon. They spear fish for tomorrowâ€™s dinner. Their brother and dog wait near the calm edge of the river.
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-and-literature-based
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.”