Wednesday, 12 March 2014

The Red Tree

Today we began a new unit on Emotional Intelligence based on an amazing book by Shaun Tan. The Red Tree is a story without any particular narrative; a series of distinct imaginary worlds as self-contained images which invite readers to draw their own meaning in the absence of any written explanation. A nameless young girl appears in every picture, a stand-in for ourselves; she passes helplessly through many dark moments and ultimately finds something hopeful at the end of her journey.

At first many of the students were unsure of the meaning of the story but as we began to unpack this they discovered that they could empathise with the character.

Over the next week we are creating a Year 2 Red Tree, it will be a place where students are able to identify feelings and emotions. Students will also be able to leave words of encouragement for each other creating a culture of support and care amongst the Year 2 students.

The following link is to a youtube version of the book, it would be great to continue this conversation beyond the classroom.

The Red Tree

Images courtesy of Shaun Tan