This discussion has been interesting. I strongly suggest reading the Davis
publication, "Teaching Meaning in Artmaking" by Dr. Walker. This was mentioned
earlier. That book has come up in many, many threads and it is a fabulous
source for Big Ideas and Essential Questions within the context of Visual Art. In
fact many resources and links offered now are based on the book, so why not
start with the best?
Another GREAT source is a web site by Grant Wiggins and Associates called BIG
Ideas! This is the address:
For the past years, like other teachers mentioned, I've planned units using
Big Ideas and have actually displayed a curriculum map on my web site with
lessons. Dr. Walker was the inspiration. It has been linked to Ms. Decker's site
for more than a year.
Recently, I've updated it and it makes much more sense aligning state
Standards with Big Ideas and Essential Questions. Please contact me personally if you
are really interested in this because I will not post them on the site.
Mapping, Big Ideas, Essential Questions and Assessment have interested me for some
time and I have developed templates that I'd be glad to share and discuss.
Also, Ohio will offer on-line standards-based, model Visual Arts lessons
soon. They are for all levels and based on Big Ideas, Essential Questions,
multiple assessments, differentiated learning and attachments to print and use. The
lessons are based on research and written and field tested by classroom
teachers. I'll let you know when they are available.