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Lesson Plans


Themes

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Wdtren (Wdtren)
Tue, 7 Apr 1998 19:48:55 EDT


I haven't much time, but I'd like to take Karen Hurt up on her invitation to
tell of themes that help us teach. At our high school, we've implemented our
own fashioning of DBAE. I am, strictly speaking, an English teacher, but
through my class students critique art as well as literature. My students,
mostly juniors, also take U.S. History, where art history is woven into the
fabric -- as it always should have been -- of what is, for lack of an easier
reference, traditionally taught. In both classes students engage in art
production (the history teacher and I develop our art production lessons under
the tutelage of our art department) and discuss aesthetics (or, in the mouths
of we unschooled, ass-thetics).

The English III classes and the U.S. History classes teach thematically. The
themes we've employed this year are Manifest Destiny, American Dream, and
American Identity. In our American Identity unit in English class, we will
look at The Sweet Flypaper of Life, which is comprised of photographs by Roy
DeCarava and text by Langston Hughes. One of our art teachers will teach a
mini-lesson on photographic technique, then students will chronicle their
lives -- their families, their neighborhoods, their school -- with
photographs, then provide a narrative that connects their photographs.

Just an idea. Let me know what you think.

Doug Trenfield
English Department
Lopez High School
4750 S. Dakota Ave.
Brownsville, TX 78521