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Lesson Plans


Our Place in the World Resource

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Mary Erickson (MARY.ERICKSON)
Fri, 17 Jan 1997 10:32:59 -0700


In a recent email message, an ArtsEdNet user, who teaches art in high
school, expressed an interest in the "Our Place in the World" curriculum
resource presently posted on ArtsEdNet. At the same time he expressed a
concern about balancing what he called "creative" and "analytic" activities
in his class. This may be an issue for others who are wondering whether
the curriculum resource will work for them. "Our Place in the World" is a
pretty big program, which includes 20 lesson plans. Here's a copy of my
response to the high school art teacher in which I suggest sections of the
webiste that he might be able to use:

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
teaching situation.

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.

Mary Erickson