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Writing on the Wall

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

     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

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, signs, or walls in public places. Today, graffiti is often done with spray paint. The word comes from an Italian word that 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 been making graffiti for centuries. In ancient Greece and Rome, people chiseled on monuments. In Pompeii, the eruption of a volcano preserved graffiti that included curses, magic spells, and political slogans on the walls. American pioneers on the Oregon Trail put their names on Signature Rock. Graffiti remains popular in the 21th century. It is 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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