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Writing on the Wall



Writing on the Wall
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.1

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     challenging words:    flamboyant, Graffiato, graffiti-removing, naphtha, turps, capacity, pioneer, substance, turpentine, mainly, artists, writing, especially, easily, spells, dissolve
     content words:    In Greece, In Pompeii, Oregon Trail, Signature Rock, Mexico City, Azteca Stadium, Graffiti Removal Techniques


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Writing on the Wall
By Colleen Messina
  

1     Have you ever scribbled on a wall with colorful crayons? Most people experiment with wall art between the ages of two and five. Their parents usually don't like wall pictures as much as doodles on paper! Some people keep on scribbling when they grow up. Their work is called graffiti.
 
2     Graffiti appears on buildings or walls in public places. Graffiti can be done with spray paint, crayons, or markers. The word comes from an Italian word. Graffiato means scratched. Graffiti includes pictures, words, or letters. Most people think that graffiti is vandalism because it is done without permission. However, some people think that graffiti is pretty. They call it art.
 
3     People have scribbled on walls for centuries. Pretend that you are a graffiti artist. Let's see what you would have done in ancient times. In Greece or Rome, you might have chiseled your name into monuments. In Pompeii, you might have scratched curses or magic spells on the walls. As a pioneer on the Oregon Trail, you might have put your name on Signature Rock. Graffiti remained popular in many forms in the 20th century. For example, it was a big part of the hip hop culture.

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Extended Activities:

1.  Pretend that you are a famous graffiti artist. You won the right to have your work painted on the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. What kind of tag would you use to sign your name? Draw your special tag in several colors.

2.  Design a poster for a graffiti art contest for a public place. Your intention is to make artists want to come from all over the world to win a fabulous opportunity to show off their talents. Include all the details for entering the contest on the poster.



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