Sometimes when I look in the mirror
I see a bold and powerful man
who can fight a bull.
Who could climb mountains.
But outside I feel the cold strong wind
And feel like a little butterfly
bracing the icy streaks.
Fighting and realising
in the end
all I am is…
For Learning Event 7 of the #WalkMyWorld project our class looked at mirrors and the different roles they have played in literature, myths and film. Firstly, we brainstormed where we saw mirrors, what they were and how they were used.
The class then viewed the poem Mirror by Paaj, and as they had been learning all about nouns, verbs, and adjectives the children were able to identify how they were being used along with visual imagery to create a powerful text. Next, the children pair shared where they had seen mirrors being used either in a storybook or film. Afterwards, each group shared their responses. Shrek, Tinkerbell, Snow White, Medusa, Harry Potter and the roles the various mirrors played fostered much discussion. The class then created their own mirrors and reflections after being asked to respond to the question “What would you see if you looked into a magic mirror?” What was surprising was that all the students responded with reflections of family or pets that had passed away or were living in far away countries. They could have drawn anything but family and loved ones were the most powerful reflections of all.
The class also used a mirror to create photographic images that would provoke the question “Do you see me as I see myself?”
They finished the learning event today with a reading and viewing (video) of the wonderful picture book Mirror, by Jeannie Baker, which again provoked much rich discussion and provided a wonderful literary example of how a picture book could itself become a mirror.