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[teacherartexchange] Behind the Masks: Lesson Plan on Poetry and Art


From: Judy Decker (judy.decker_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Oct 07 2005 - 13:43:25 PDT

Dear Art Educators,

This lesson was suggested in Riverdeep Newsletter. It is a good one
for middle school through high school. You can do it with any mask
making lesson plan (several suitable plans on Incredible Art
Department). Maybe you can get a language arts teacher on board to
work with you.


With a mask research graphic organizer, poem rubric, sample
web and poem, research rubric, and web resources on poetic
devices, this lesson plan offers an excellent exploration
into poetry, culture, and art, with middle and high school
students writing their own identity poems and designing per-
sonal masks.

This unit engages high school students in a study of the relationship
between masks and cultures. Students research mask making from various
cultures, draw sketches of the masks, and take notes that highlight
the connections between the masks and the cultural practices of the
people who created them. Using this information, students recreate the
cultural masks and compose poetry to reveal their understanding and
appreciation of these cultural artifacts. Students then analyze
aspects of their own culture, and create personal masks and poetry to
reflect their culture and themselves.

I will add this link to the page on Masks:


Judy Decker
Incredible Art Department
Incredible Art Resources

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