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Fiction book Plotting the Story

Plotting the Story

Students examine plot as a significant element of fiction. They distinguish plot from narrative to gain a firm understanding of a plot’s function within a story

Political Cartoon Political Cartoons as Part of the Election Process

Political Cartoons as Part of the Election Process

Students will organize the information they researched on the U.S. presidential election process and constitutional rights.

Shadow Puppets Puppets on the Move: China and the Silk Road

Puppets on the Move: China and the Silk Road

Through map-making, research, and class discussions, students will gain an understanding of the dynamics of trade in China along the Silk Road

Performance of Shakespeare's A Question of Style

A Question of Style

Students will explore the nature of comedy by informally staging the opening scenes in Shakespeare's As You Like It

The African Slave Trade Reliving History Through Slave Narratives

Reliving History Through Slave Narratives

After reading narratives from former slaves that were recorded in the 1930's as part of the Federal Writers' Project, students will research slavery

Rhythm and Art: Elements of Art

Rhythm and Art: Elements of Art

Learn about the three elements of art (line, shape, and color) through a study of Torres-García's symbolism, Picasso's emotional use of color and Abstract Expressionism

Gesture Drawings Rhythm and Art: Gesture Drawing

Rhythm and Art: Gesture Drawing

In this lesson, students will explore connections between music and visual art

Cruising Dragons Science Meets Artistry: the Work of Cai Guo-Qiang

Science Meets Artistry: the Work of Cai Guo-Qiang

Studying the work of artist Cai Guo-Qiang, students will understand the technological, logistical, and artistic factors for performance-oriented works

Broom Bristles Searching For Cinderella

Searching For Cinderella

There are more than 300 versions and variations of the tale known as "Cinderella"

The Star Spangled Banner Sheet Music Set a Poem to Music

Set a Poem to Music

After exploring a “singable” picture book as a class, each student examines a personally selected poem for rhythm to determine its musical meter.

Snowy London Setting the Story

Setting the Story

Students examine setting as a significant element of fiction. They learn devices for creating a realistic setting, and use the methods in works of their own

Scene from Southern Puritanism and Tennessee Williams

Southern Puritanism and Tennessee Williams

This lesson continues the exploration of "Puritanism" as an influence on the development of modern American drama in works by Tennessee Williams.

Strings String Instruments and Pitch

String Instruments and Pitch

In this lesson, students explore how pitch is altered based on the width and length of the string

Mali Mask Sundiata, Mali’s Lion King

Sundiata, Mali’s Lion King

This lesson introduces the legendary Malian king Sundiata Keita, known as the Lion King of Mali, by using elements of traditional Malian festivals.

Sunflowers Sunflowers

Sunflowers

Students grow both sunflowers and their knowledge of science and art. After exploring the work of Van Gogh and other artists, students create their own artwork

Model of a human showing muscular striations kicking a soccer ball. Systems of the Body: Movement and Choreography

Systems of the Body: Movement and Choreography

In this lesson, students will create movement patterns that express information about the basic systems, organs, and processes of the human body

Paul Bunyon Tall Tales Today

Tall Tales Today

In this lesson, students are introduced to the genre of American tall tales and will create an original tall tale featuring a "larger-than life" main character.

Hercules Fighting The Centaur Nessus by Giambologna The Far Reaches of Greek Culture

The Far Reaches of Greek Culture

This lesson is designed to help students shape a frame of reference for examining specific areas of ancient Greek influence on Western thought and culture

The Great Migration The Great Migration

The Great Migration

In this lesson, students will learn about the migration of African Americans to Harlem

Ballet Dancers Language of Ballet

Language of Ballet

This lesson introduces students to the French vocabulary of ballet. They will learn basic ballet vocabulary through both verbal and technological instruction.

Scene from 'The Glass Menagerie' The Memory Play in American Drama

The Memory Play in American Drama

This lesson explores structural and technical devices of the "memory" play by focusing on a Tennessee Williams' masterpiece, The Glass Menagerie

Kecak Dance, Uluwatu temple The Monkey Dance: Exploring Balinese Culture

The Monkey Dance: Exploring Balinese Culture

The Kecak is a Balinese dance drama based on the Hindu epic Ramayana, which was compiled between 500 and 400 BC.

Hip-hop poet The Poetics of Hip-Hop

The Poetics of Hip-Hop

Students will analyze form in Shakespearean sonnets and hip-hop music

Newport: The Elms Three Newport Mansions of the Gilded Age

Three Newport Mansions of the Gilded Age

Research the history, architect, architecture, and patron of each mansion gaining understanding of the arts and culture of the Gilded Age.

Women and Men Tolerance: Gender Issues

Tolerance: Gender Issues

In this lesson, students research how professions such as nursing, clerking, and teaching have changed gender dominance over the past 150 years in the United States.

trees Trees in Nature and Art

Trees in Nature and Art

Students will explore the use of trees in the arts (as paintings and poetry), understand basic science involved in forestry, and integrate tree arts and science in a final project.

Mark Twain Twain: An American Humorist

Twain: An American Humorist

Students will analyze humor and the American character, developing a definition of “American humor”

Mark Twain Twain: Icon and Iconoclast

Twain: Icon and Iconoclast

This lesson asks students to examine samples of Twain’s work in the context of pre- and post-Civil War America

Old river boat docked at Memphis, Tennessee. Twain: Steamboat's a-Comin'

Twain: Steamboat's a-Comin'

Examining the mystique of rivers as inspiration for creative expression it shows us the powerful influence the Mississippi River had on Mark Twain’s writings

Tom Sawyer Twain: Tom Sawyer—Mythic Adventurer

Twain: Tom Sawyer—Mythic Adventurer

Learn about the source for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Read, and analyze the novel, with attention to character and style.

Man playing harmonica Twelve-Bar Blues

Twelve-Bar Blues

Learn about the history, key players and musical qualities of the blues

Scene from Eugene O'Neill's 'The Hairy Ape' Uncivil Civilization in The Hairy Ape

Uncivil Civilization in The Hairy Ape

Eugene O'Neill's The Hairy Ape presents a disheartening assessment of the impact of living in the industrialized society of the early 20th century.

Apartments Understanding Tenement Life

Understanding Tenement Life

Through online stories and photographs, students will explore what daily life was like for the millions of poor Irish, German, Jewish, and Italian immigrants

Acropolis, Parthenon East Side, Athens, Greece from the Carpenter Collection, ca. 1890-1930 Unearthing Ancient Greece

Unearthing Ancient Greece

Students will discover that what we know of ancient Greece has come to us mainly through the analysis of artifacts recovered in archeological digs

I Like Ike US Presidential Election Process and the Campaign Trail

US Presidential Election Process and the Campaign Trail

Students will create an original political campaign song for a fictional presidential candidate.

Constitution of the United States Utopian Visions

Utopian Visions

Students are introduced to the idea of a "utopia"—an idealized society. Students read Sir Thomas More's Utopia and examine the concepts behind his vision of an ideal society.

Designer at desk. Visual Arts Careers

Visual Arts Careers

Expose students to three careers in the visual arts. Students will move through three different "art stations", where they can explore Fashion Design, Architecture, and Graphic Design

word art A Way With Words or Say What?

A Way With Words or Say What?

Many words and phrases that we use every day were coined by Shakespeare. He is credited with inventing over 2,000 words and expressive phrases.

freedom-riders We Are The Freedom Riders

We Are The Freedom Riders

Students will learn about the courageous efforts of the Freedom Riders while embracing the bold theme, "We Will Overcome!" as a theme surrounding the civil rights movement.

Weather Patterns Weather and Wind

Weather and Wind

This lesson introduces the expanding and condensing properties of air masses and the unequal heating of Earth as the force behind the wind

Whales The Whale Trail

The Whale Trail

In this lesson students will explore the world of gray whales

Davy Crockett What a Character

What a Character

In this lesson, students analyze how a character's personality traits, actions and motives influence the plot of a story

Drinking Gourd What Does This Song Really Say?

What Does This Song Really Say?

Students listen to, sing, and read the lyrics to various African American spirituals. They discuss the coded messages in the songs, and the purpose of these codes.

President Obama being sworn in. Who Can Vote for President?

Who Can Vote for President?

In this lesson, students will learn general facts about the voting process and its importance in a democratic form of government.

The Starry Night Who Has Seen the Wind?

Who Has Seen the Wind?

In this lesson students are introduced to and encouraged to explore characteristics of the wind through poetry and van Gogh’s paintings

Woodwinds Woodwind Instruments and Pitch

Woodwind Instruments and Pitch

This lesson introduces students to the instruments of the woodwind family

volcano A World of Myths

A World of Myths

In this lesson, students will explore how myths help to explain nature and science.

Mythical Gods Writing Myths

Writing Myths

Students will explore how myths provide explanations for nature and science. They will read and analyze the Native American myth "Giants and Mosquitoes."

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