In connection to a Creative School workshop in origami, the library has decided to pay attention to Japan, Hiroshima and how a creative activity can play a therapeutic role.
The library would therefore like to recommend all advisors of grade 8 to read a text excerpt (see attached files) and do at one activity (see below) during an advisory in January.
Read through 1.) a chapter and 2.) an epilogue from the novel Sadako and the thousand paper cranes / Sadako och de tusen papperstranorna (see attached files).
The novel highlights victims of the atom bomb during the Second World War. The novel is based on a true story and for the main character Sadako, who is seen as a hero among Japanese children, origami helped her to deal with leukemia (from radioactive radiation).
3.) After having read the text excerpt, please choose and do one of the activities below.
Activities – choose one of these!
1.) Follow the instructions (see the text excerpt) for how to fold a paper crane.
Fold a paper cranes and write a message of peace on it.
If you want, you can instead create another personal symbol of peace, through folding paper, not using glue. Write a message of peace on it as well.
Optional. Display paper cranes and other symbols of peace in your classroom or present your messages of peace or personal symbol of peace to your class.
2. Discuss: What do Sadako’s paper cranes symbolize?
3. Discuss: How can peace be symbolized?
4. Read peace quotes (see attached file) and discuss them in pairs:
a.) How are the quotes similar?
b.) How are the quotes different?
c.) What kinds of people (for example, writer, president, musician, scientist) made these quotes?
d.) Which quotes do you agree with? Which quotes do you disagree with? Why?
5. Color / draw / write a peace sign (see attached files).
6. Discuss: Have you ever heard of the Japanese art of origami, or paper folding?
What is the history of origami? You may want to access Britannica and other sources for information.Note
For all students in grade 8 the text excerpts and an origami instruction will serve as a Creative School preparation for the workshops in Origami by the artist Mio Nakamura on Feb 6-7th, who will visit us in person at the school.
A schedule for the workshop will be sent out within short.