Butterfly Project due May 1

I’ve had students ask for more step-by-step directions, so here’s a checklist to make sure you have done everything to both meet (or exceed) the requirements and to properly honor the victim of the Holocaust you have adopted.

  1. Complete the planning sheet. Make sure there is one emotion on the front and one on the back. For each emotion, think of at least 4 symbols (color/materials/textures/objects/images) to represent that emotion.
  2. Make the butterfly. Foam board is a good material to start with, but you can be creative and use something else if you can explain why it is meaningful to the poem.
    1. Symbolize both emotions on the butterfly according to your planning sheet. You may think of more emotions; represent them, too. You can change from what you did on the planning sheet.
    2. Symbolize anything else from the poem you would like to add.
  3. Attach a forearm-length piece of red ribbon, so we can hang your butterfly from the ceiling. You can attach it to the body of the butterfly or to each wing. This red ribbon symbolizes Holocaust remembrance.
  4. Write a paragraph explaining each part of your butterfly, what the symbolism means, and how it connects with the poem or the author.
  5. Bring your butterfly to class on or before Tuesday, May 1. During class we will have a butterfly hanging ceremony where we read the poems, hear about what the butterflies mean, and hang the butterflies from the ceiling of my classroom.

By Mr. Heyer

Mr. Heyer currently teaches Business Computing courses and is the Yearbook advisor at Goodson Middle School in Cypress, Texas.