Our unit about stories and change has led us through the genres of myth, tall tales, and now to legends. Today the students listed to a reading of Gordon Lightfoot's "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald." This eerie song tells the true story of a ship was destroyed by a terrible storm using rich imagery and gloomy language. I asked the volunteers to describe the mood of the lyrics and they used words like "eerie," "spooky," "sad," and "awful." Some students used more visual language like "foggy," and "blue."
After discussing the mood of the lyrics and deciphering what details we can glean from them about the shipwreck, the students were excited to be given the task of creating a work of art inspired by the words of Gordon Lightfoot's song. As they worked, we listened to the song on repeat. Coincidentally, the weather is rainy and gloomy today, so we were able to have a visceral sense of the mood Lightfoot was attempting to create.
Eventually, we will turn this artwork into a sideshow and share it with you here. We will also decide if this story should be considered a "legend," and defend our opinions on either side. For now, enjoy this short video of the students creating art in response to Gordon Lightfoot's "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."
Little people, big minds.