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Lesson Plans

Re: Art activities to teach other cultures

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Ginny Rockwood (
08 Oct 1998 17:23:33 GMT

Before placing value on a "multi-cultural" lesson plan decide first what the
students will learn with the lesson. What the objectives are.

Is it first hand experience with authentic materials that the chosen culture
utilized to create their work? and thus to understand the inherent knowledge,
skills, limitations, preparation, etc. necessary for their use? Or to
experience the process used by people of another culture to create certain

Or is it to understand, lets say, radial design (If you've been learning
about the Aztec calendar or Tibetan mandalas?) Or to understand how symbols
possess meaning (if you're learning about Egypt and Egyptian hieroglyphs, for
example.) Or to learn basic clay hand building technique?

It is essential that you know why you are doing the lesson you've chosen and
then assess its value: which standards does it address? Which objectives in
my curriculum does it address? Only then can you state whether making Native
American parfleches out of brown paper bags (or other lesson) is not

On another thread.... in a previous post someone mentioned not wanting to use
found feathers with students because of "germs." One year close to
Thanksgiving I went to a local turkey farm and asked if they had any feathers
I could use with my students. Figured they'd have piles of them after
preparing turkeys for sale. They gave me a few bags full. I put them in some
old pillow cases, knotted the open ends closed, and ran them throught the
washer and dryer.They came out spotless and perfect. Turkey feathers are
pretty sturdy though. Don't know if it would work with more delicate