Making a Mural: Reaching Higher with Goals, Grit, and Growth Mindset

Melissa Jones, ELA, Windsor Park Elementary

Curriculum Unit (pdf)


I believe that knowledge is power and oftentimes our students and their families are not aware of the community or school resources available to them. As my students leave elementary school for the first time and start middle school, I want to have at least planted a seed of inspiration to set their sights high and show them that anything is possible. The goals of this curriculum unit are not just to celebrate and give value to the backgrounds of my students, but also to equip them with the tools they need to be successful beyond Elementary School.  Within this unit, students will learn about grit, growth mindset, and how to thrive amidst challenges. They will read and analyze different multimedia platforms such as songs, murals and biographies. As their final project, they will create a community mural to display what represents their identity, their goals for their future and their gained insight about community members that come from backgrounds similar to them.