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Lesson Plans


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Sharolyn Benfell (benfell)
Wed, 18 Nov 1998 06:53:09 -0700 (MST)

Leticia Green and Sharolyn Benfell are working on an art & ecology lesson
plan aimed at eighth graders on the theme of restoring habitat. We are
already working on a list of questions and a puzzle to help the students
with the aesthetic and critical aspects of the artwork we are focusing on.
That artwork is ISLA DE UMUNNUM: THE MOUND by Heather McGill and John
Roloff. We also need to add another activity for the aesthetic aspect and
another activity for the critical aspect of our lesson plan.
Your comments on our ideas would be very welcome.
Criticism activity. Token Response (developed by Drs. Eldon Katter and
Mary Erickson). Each child gets a set of paper symbols to place by the
artworks to indicate their responses to the artworks (i.e. which one is
best liked, least liked, most expensive, etc.) We plan to take
reproductions of the five artworks we identified at the beginning of this
process and put them up around the classroom. After the children place
their symbols we will lead a discussion to elicit description,
interpretation, judgement of the artworks with specialattention to our
theme of habitat restoration.

Aesthetic activity. Journal for Thoughts About Art. After a few words
about journaling, the children will be asked to chose one of the five
artworks to think about and write about. They will be asked to say which
piece they are chosing, what makes it art or prevents it from being art,
and what ecological message it contains. They will also be invited to
record any other thought they might have about the piece they chose or any
other of the pieces.