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Lesson Plans


CURRICULUM ISSUES

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Eldon L. Katter (katter)
Thu, 27 Feb 1997 13:19:06 -0500 (EST)

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Themes and Thesarus. These two things together take topical teaching to
the top. I happen to like alliterations -- pride, power, and protection;
rituals, rules, and regulations, community, caring, and compassion.
My approach to themes starts with the question "What does it mean
to be human?" -- the human adventure.
Using a thesarus, we might come up with being and belonging,
believing, bonding, bettering, building, bridging, borders and
boundaries, balance, benevolence, etc,
Or we can think about the duality of human existence: tradition
and innovation, continuity and change, freedom and responsibility,
permanence and transience, etc.
Or we can think loosely about loyality, mindfulness, joy,
service, self-reliance, memories, stories, etc.
BUT WHY BOTHER? THE THEMES IN STORIES OF ART are so wonderful,
I'm wondering why one would want to keep trying to reinvent the wheel.
They seem closely aligned with Ernest Boyer's "Human Commonalities".
I also find the two theme statements to be very helpful in keepng
lesson objectives (outcomes, if you will) and activities clearly focused.
I like to think of these theme statements as the major concepts of a
lesson -- one related to art, the other related to general education. I
think you could easily come up with similar age appropriate concept
statements for other discipline areas such as science, math,
communication, etc.
The theme statements provide potential for stimulating
interdisciplinary thinking because they relate to life and human
experience, as well as to general education concepts.They become
effective curriculum organizers because they keep us focused, guide our
choices, and proved a context for inquiry.
Finding Common Ground (Through Storytelling)
What it means to be human. = Telling stories is one way people connect
with one another.
General Education Concept = To tell good stories, we need to organize
and sequence our thoughts.
Art related concept = Artists can tell stories with words, or
pictures, or both.

But then,it's late,and some people don't like stories, especially at bedtime.
Goodnight. Eldon.


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