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Lesson Plans

Curriculum Issues

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Patricia J. Miltner (
Thu, 27 Mar 1997 10:38:02 -0600 (CST)

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This message concerns ongoing communication about Dr.Erickson's thematic
curriculum, "Our Place in the World."
The more that I explore Dr.Erickson's curriculum the more ideas surface
in every facet of interdisciplinary curriculum. In the Omaha Public
Schools we are involved in the Banneker Project. This program emphasizes
reinforced and extended curriculum in math and science (named after Benjamin
Banneker). Our magnet center is developing a center of excellence that
is to be utilized by other schools in the district. The theme chosen
was water. As a broad theme, its obvious connections were in science (
life cycles in regional water sources). Art strategies centered around
Dr.Erickson's second theme, "Farm Folk, City Folk", enhanced the
implementation of the theme. Literary connections, such as Langston Hughes'
"The Negro Speaks of Rivers" helped to develop the theme as spiritual
meaning as well.(Theme lV Spiritual Worlds). The initial exposure to
themes through Dr. Erickson's curriculum has enabled me to connect the
disciplines through these "big ideas". I see her website as a
springboard for thematic, sequential, interdisciplinary curriculum with a
human diversity emphasis.

art is art is art is art is art is art is art is art is art is art is art is
Pat Miltner
Dr. Eugene Skinner Magnet Center
4304 North 33rd Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68111

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