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Lesson Plans

AH based on themes

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Maggie White (mwhite)
Wed, 10 Sep 1997 21:20:40 -0700

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I've been teaching a HS art history class for about six years, using
Brommer's _Understanding Art History_. I'm ready for a change, and am
very much interested in teaching AH based on themes. I have lots of
ideas for themes which will cut across many time periods and cultures,
but don't know how to go about teaching it.

My main question is this: what would I use for reading matter? I don't
like the idea of simply lecturing about slides for 85 minutes (and
neither would the students!). I like to teach a lot of notetaking and
study skills with the text, but the current text wouldn't work for this
theme-based idea. It would be useful as just one of many references.
This is in a very rural area with no decent research facilities, and no
Internet access at school. Even with an adequate library, I can't
imagine photocopying bits and pieces of material from a lot of different
sources and assembling it into a cohesive whole. Might as well write a
book myself...

If you have any experience putting together a curriculum like this, I
would really like to hear from you!

Also, I just joined artsednet after lurking for a few weeks. Is spamming
a problem if you post your real e-mail address? I always include a spam
blocker in my address when I post on other ngs.



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