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Lesson Plans

Art History Unit

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Kathleen McCrea (kwmccrea)
Tue, 25 Feb 1997 20:05:49 -0600

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In Introduction to Art I do a unit which lasts about 3 weeks. I
divide the class into groups/teams of 4 or 5. We discuss how TEAMS
work, have a leader, recorder, etc. The recorder is responsible for
keeping a check list on how the team uses its time along with other
thngs. Each team selects a time period from art history (first come,
first serve). The team must READ aloud a chapter on their time period;
they must also read from two additional sources. The team must WRITE a
report using the three sources, type it, and give an ORAL PRESENTATION
to the class over the material; the report must last at least five
minutes. The oral report must include a couple of examples in which a
group member talks about a work in terms of: description, analysis,
interpretation, evaluation. They must also BRAINSTORM for projects to
represent the period. Creating the PROJECT is a part of the unit.
Last year I had one group on Egypt who wrote and performed a
play called "Tomb R'Us". The main character was a tomb salesman selling
pyramids, etc. to Cleopatra and others. It was a riot! The kids loved
it. I've also had kids make models of famous architectural sites. One
group painted the background from the Mona Lisa, and we used the video
camera to photograph each member of the group as the Mona Lisa; they
happened to all be boys. We used the computer to manipulate the whole
thing. They thought it was great.
I gave up trying to cover all of art history for this age level.
If you can make a few things stick well, maybe their interest will be
peaked enough to want to continue to learn more.
Kay McCrea
Wichita, Kansas

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