Presently all of the Middle School teachers are collaborating with arts specialists to create and implement arts integrated units.
It is exciting work!
Below are some collaborations that are happening in the classrooms right now:
In a humanities classroom 8th grade students are learning about American Imperialism in the late 1800’s. They are focusing on Cuba, the Philippines, Hawaii, and Panama.
Through this exploration they are looking at propaganda and the art of persuasion.
What is propaganda?
What are the goals of propaganda?
How does propaganda affect an audience?
Students are beginning to create posters and political cartoons. Through making students aware of the ways information is used and manipulated, we allow them to begin making wiser, more informed choices. Their understanding of literary text is enriched and enhanced, and they are encouraged to become more informed and conscientious citizens.
In an 8th grade science class, students are learning about the phases of the moon.
They have studied Galileo, the Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher.
He is quoted saying,”You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.”
Students then looked at films about the moon, and looked at visual artists who have been inspired by the moon.
Robert Longo was one we looked at:
Students then experimented with different types of charcoal:
And then began making their own visual representations of all 9 phases of the moon: