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Re: Themes/More questions

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Karen Hurt (khurt)
Wed, 8 Apr 1998 09:48:54 -0400 (EDT)

Yes -- to me these sound like legit and engaging themes. How lucky for your
students! (See snip below for explanation.) In addition to the
photography component of your class, is the art dept. also participating in
or incorporating the American Identity theme into art lessons? I can think
of lots of connections with several mediums -- including Americana icons
such as Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood, Frank Stella, contemporary
American Indian, Frank Lloyd Wright. You'll probably hear from others who
have more ideas about artists whose work embodies American Identity.

Your interdisciplinary themes are connected with high school social
studies coursework, but that doesn't mean they are only for older students.
I think this is the type of inquiry that will really hook students at all
ages. Linking art to English and SS works well with this theme -- I bet the
math and science teachers are jealous.

Does this mean that good themes are of necessity interdisciplinary?
If so, what does this imply for art teachers? Are we supplementary to core
> 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
Karen Hurt

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Mary Baldwin College
Staunton, Virginia 24401

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