Thanks to all of you who responded to my questions regarding middle
school curriculum. It has been a great help.
I have one more question. What other electives are offered at your
school and are they all offered for the same amount of time? i.e. are
all courses one trimester long or are some one year long, etc.
Thanks again for taking time to answer...especially in the middle of
From: BigCrab99@aol.com [mailto:BigCrab99@aol.com]
Sent: Wednesday, July 18, 2007 4:58 PM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: [teacherartexchange] Middle School Curriculum Research
How are your classes scheduled? (block, daily, trimester rotation,
Grade 6 and 7 - Art is a 9 week elective
Grade 8 - Semester elective
Advanced Art 8 - year long elective ( All classes meet daily for 50 or
How often does your curriculum connect with other subjects (i.e.
Curriculum was written to correlate with other subject. Also each
specific subject is targeted to boost SOL scores.
What are the art requirements for your school? None
Do you have an art club? No
Do you assign homework such as sketchbook projects or...?
No homework in 9 week exploratory classes; minimal homework in grade 8
semester elective; Sketchbook work and special projects are assigned in
What grades are included in your middle school? 6, 7, and 8
Does the curriculum build upon preceding years or is each year
independent of the others?
Yes - scope and sequence established for all grades
Do you participate in competitions and/or exhibits outside of school?
Annual citywide art show, participation in Audubon Art Show and Airport
Exhibit, PTA Reflections Contest ( We are inundated with requests for
participation. Most go in "file 13". I think the solicitors forget we
curriculum to teach!)
Are you public or private? Public
How do you assess? Grades are based on effort and participation in 9
exploratory classes. For advanced students, I use rubrics, self
group critiques, etc.