So you know the website PostSecret? (If you don’t go check it out right away!) Well, it gave me an idea for class. Writing class can be a bit dry. I mean, the writing exercises are totally creative and fun, but it’s still sitting quietly and writing. And I know for some it’s just not their thing.
So I thought a little arts and crafts in class would liven things up. A few weeks prior I asked the students to write down an anonymous secret and give them too me. Then I re-distributed them out to the class (so it was anonymous as it could be) and had them do a 30-minute free write about the secret. You see, what I really wanted to do was have each student make a postSecret. But I thought they would be too shy to share anything really sensitive. But this way, but doing a different “secret” activity first I gave them the option of using someone else’s secret.
So last week I gave them a blank index card, a pile of magazines, glue sticks and pens and gave them free reign to make whatever PostSecret postcard they wanted to.
I also like how some of these secrets shed light on some modern Chinese culture.
I’m going to send the secrets to Postsecret website, but even if they are never published there I am proud of my students for making art cards and sharing their secrets.