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I do understand the challenge of keeping a balance between art making and
analytic studies, especially at the high school level, where students elect
whether to take the class. That's one reason why I've proposed a drawing
lesson to follow lesson 3 and a collage activity for lesson 4. And of
course there are alternative making activities listed in the supplements
and extensions section. We decided to call the website a curriculum
RESOURCE rather than a curriculum, because we're hoping each teacher may
find it useful in ways appropriate to his or her own teaching strengths, as
well as appropriate to his or her students' interests and community
situation. If you choose to teach a version of some of the lessons in this
resource, I hope you can put together an appropriate balance for your
If anyone out there has other ideas or concerns about how to use the "Our
Place in the World" curriculum resource, I'd love to hear from you.