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Building Forts

Special Topics seeks information about building forts. We welcome links to Flickr pages or whatever the kids are using to share pictures these days. Consider creating a tutorial. According to two awesome little girls I used to babysit, Joel Ross at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is an expert fort-builder. His style would best be categorized as Cave Style, which is totally legit. These do not need to be blanket/pillow forts. We built a fort out of sticks on Lake Michigan at my friends Phil and Lara’s wedding. My students in my Fall 2008 section of Making and Meaning were divided into groups to create the following kinds of forts:

The Cave

The Treehouse

“The Island of the Blue Dolphins” Shelter

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