I do use units and I usually write my own, but with help and inspiration
from other sources (books, magazines, and people on this list). This year
I have done a Monsters, Masks, and Myths unit, an African Art Unit, and am
currently in the middle of a unit centering around Matisse.
To me units are thematic/sequential and involve the entire student body (K-
5). I usually divide them into 3 groupings (K-1, 2-3, 4-5) to keep prep
down. Ideally these units can be repeated every two years and the actual
lessons will be new to everyone. They also build on skills/knowledge.
>Would you be interested in an online guide to
>developing significant instructional units? If so, what would you like
>such a guide to include?
Yes, I would love to see an online guide. I would like it to include (or
tell how to attain) contextual information about the focus/theme of the
unit. Also I would love to see a bare-bones, user-friendly lesson plan
form that has a place to document standards (Florida calls them the
Sunshine State Standards) and that my principal would not have problems
St. John Elementary, Quincy, FL
Doctoral Student, Art Ed., FSU