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Subject: Art

Grade: 9-12

Brief Description

Students will consider how art can allow us to describe the indescribable.


  • Students will look at how Dr. Fisch illustrates traumatic details and emotions.
  • Students will illustrate a response to trauma.

Key words

Indescribable, trauma, response, collage

Lesson Plan

Look carefully at the words and painting on page 14 of Light From The Yellow Star. This is a short paragraph filled with horror. Ask yourself:

  • Are the horrors reflected in the painting?
  • What is the figure feeling?
  • What does the question mark represent?

We all experienced trauma and horror on September 11. Draw, describe, or create a collage that reflects your feelings about the event.


Present your image to the class and answer any questions they may have.

Discussion Questions

  • Why do people write or create images about horrible events?
  • How did you feel after you finished your project?

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