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[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Julie Trzybinski
Fri, 5 Mar 1999 17:03:23 -0500 (EST)
I am a first year teacher at an elementary school that has a VERY broad art
curriculum. On one hand it is great because I have a lot of freedom, but
on the other hand planning for each grade level can be confusing. I am
trying to create a program of units for each grade to focus my lessons
around ideas while still teaching art production, history, criticism and
aesthetics. I have a lot of ideas - but I need some opinions from those of
you who have been there, done that. One idea: use a timeline theme.
Assign time periods to each grade going up through history (begin with
ancient art in with the youngest and travel up through modern and future
with the oldest) and focus my lessons through various cultures and eras.
Or: use various themes (architecture, portraits, etc.) with each year and
teach the skills and history through the themes, but skip around through
the timeline. I could even approach it through "careers" in art. I see my
students 30 times in a school year, so I have to be selective in what I
present - but how do I choose? I want to make my class relevant and show
connections, rather than just having an "arts and crafts" hour with no
connection from one lesson to the next (the way our texts present it and
the way I have seen others do it). I would love to hear your experiences
Reply: Heather Leal: "Re: Planning"
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