McDonough students tie unit on culture to unique class project

McDonough students tie unit on culture to unique class project


When students become engaged in learning, the result is often creativity. Sophomores in Courtney Abell’s English class at Maurice J. McDonough High School recently experienced the power of collective creativity firsthand. Students were studying a unit on culture and discussed the poem “My Mother Pieced Quilts” in class.

Sophomore L.J. Mortimer came up with an idea for the students to work on a classroom quilt. Other students shared ideas on making a quilt in class. “When L.J. first suggested making a quilt, I pictured each student crafting individual paper quilts; but, then Ms. Abell came on board and brought in some cloth. So, a classroom quilt just kind of grew from our idea sharing,” said Kelsey Rollins, sophomore.

Abell’s class worked together to create something that would not only represent their individual cultures, but bring the concept developed by a classmate alive. “We wound up weaving together components of each of our cultures to create something that honored our families who play a big part in what a person’s culture is all about,” said sophomore Kennedy Bradshaw, who also is a student in Abell’s class.

At the conclusion of the project, students discussed conclusions about culture, family and traditions that make each family unique. “I learned that family looks different for each person. I myself shared a picture of friends I’ve had since we were all 3 or 4 years old; they’re like brothers to me,” Mortimer said.

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