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Lesson Plans

Re: New discussion topic: instructional units

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Brenda Bain (brenda_b)
Tue, 24 Mar 1998 16:56:20 -0500

>I'm interested in learning what ArtsEdNetters want or use in terms of
>instructional units (not just individual lessons). Do you use
>instructional units? Do you write your own, use units shared by
>others, and/or use commercial units such as those found in art
>education textbooks?

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


Brenda Bain
Art Teacher
St. John Elementary, Quincy, FL
Doctoral Student, Art Ed., FSU