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March To Your Own Beat

by: Madeleine H., 7th Grade, Sarasota Middle School - Sarasota, Florida
teacher: Brooks Tracey

We all have a flame burning INSIDE of us; don’t try to brighten yours by dimming someone else’s.

quote by: Bailey W., 10th Grade, North Port High School - North Port, Florida
teacher: Daphne English

Artist Statement

My artwork depicts a marching band. The two musicians in the front and the one in back are black and white, while the one in the middle is in full color. I created this piece by thinking of a phrase that I could make literal. I thought of “March to Your Own Beat.” I immediately thought of someone leaping, showing their personality, while the rest of the band was plain and marched to someone else’s beat. To me, embracing our differences means that we shouldn’t be embarrassed to show our personality, that people shouldn’t be made fun of because they are weird, or crazy. The marcher in the middle is playing, and marching to his own beat. He wasn’t scared to be crazy or weird.

Lesson Plan Connection

Personal Narratives (1-2 Class Periods)
Textbook Connection: Springboard 6th/7th Grades, Collections 6th/8th Grades
Standards: LAFS RL.1.2, LAFS RL.2.5, LAFS W.1.3, LAFS W.2.4, LAFS SL 1.1, LAFS SL 1.2, LAFS L 1.1, LAFS L 1.2
Personal narratives help writers to tell stories about who they are in the same way that an artist incorporates their past into their work. This lesson allows students to gain a better understanding of the concept of personal narratives by reflecting on artwork that represents themes of individuality and uniqueness.
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