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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.
>Lopez High School
>4750 S. Dakota Ave.
>Brownsville, TX 78521
Mary Baldwin College
Staunton, Virginia 24401