Family and Consumer Sciences Education
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High School
  • Grief
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    The Crying Quilt

    The Crying Quilt


    The Crying Quilt lesson plan.

    The Crying Quilt

    This lesson is about a series of deaths we experienced in my high school that were very tragic.  Many of us wanted to do something that would help the students with the grieving process.  I decided to write a poem, which expressed our sympathy, then we would tie a quilt for the students who were impacted by these circumstances.  After the quilt was done, we would give the quilt and poem to the students and their families.

    • One Period-45 minutes
    • Work projects
    • George Henrie, Author


    Background for Teachers


    • To teach this lesson, you will need an understanding of how to tie a quilt.
    • You will need knowledge about simple story writing or poetry before teaching this lesson.
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    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

    Goals and Outcomes


    Learning Intentions:

    • Students will be able to tie a quilt.
    • Students will know how to set up a quilt to be tied.
    • Students will know how to sew the top and bottom of the quilt.
    • Students will know how to pin and bind an edge of a quilt.
    • Students will be able to express sympathy for other students.

    Success Criteria:

    • Students will describe the positive and negative emotions  associated with this kind of event. 


    Step 2 - Planning Instruction

    Planning Instruction

    Student Background Knowledge

    • Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of quilting processes.
    • Students will also need to have some simple ideas to start writing a story about grief.

    Strategies for Diverse Learners

    Students with prior knowledge will be mentors and help with the students who are just learning how to do this type of project.

    Step 3 - Instruction


    Instructional procedures.

    Most of the procedures in this lesson will be demonstrated by the teacher or by students who have prior knowledge of making a quilt.

    This is a very hands on kind of project and will be messy and loud.

    Care needs to be taken not to offend students who may have experience grief in the recent past.


    Step 4 - Assessments



    The only assessment I would use on this assigment is a summative discussion about how do manage grief and how to express sympathy.  

    -possible resources could include the Family and Consumer Science Teacher, Home Economics Teacher or the Health Teacher.