The Link Gallery at the Warehouse


Syracuse University’s

PAL Project collaboration with Edward Smith School

Public Reception: Thursday, December 6th, 5-7PM

Location: 350 West Fayette Street

Like the Raindrops on the Windshield

Adolescence is a time of seeking, of creating, of defining self. The choices children make determine their futures, and the adults involved in children’s lives often play an intricate role in children’s development, good or bad. They can strengthen or hinder a child’s development in the process of the formation of identity.

Students at Edward Smith were asked to read “Abuela Invents the Zero,” by Judith Ortiz Cofer, and reflect on Constancia’s relationship with her Abuela. After extensive work with analysis and theme, they were given the following writing prompt:

After reading “Abuela Invents the Zero” and seeing Constancia’s relationship with her Abuela, think for a moment about the adults in your life. Who comes to mind? Which adult in your life has had the most impact on you (good or bad)? Take a moment to write about the person in your life who has influenced you. Why is the person important to you? What does he or she do that matters to you? Write about the person.

When they finished writing, they were asked to think of an object that symbolically represented the person they chose. They then created poems about their chosen people and their relationship to them. They had to make a symbolic connection between the person and the object. A narrative form with free verse was encouraged, but they had freedom to use whatever form they chose.

Finally, students worked with Mr. Mahan on his PAL Project to take photos and to join their words with pictures, a collaborative process that produced true beauty.

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