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Use online dictionaries to define vocabulary words and create a visualization of word meanings through digital art. Middle schoolers go online to define assigned vocabulary words. They visualize the meanings of the words in photo software and create a digital art product.
High schoolers create ads based on provided topic. For this digital art lesson, students role play as graphic designers working on a project for a client. They research about certain health issues and prepare a public poster about it.
Students put together an art show. In this photography lesson, students learn how to use a digital camera and walk around the school to take pictures. Students select their favorite photographs and add them to the digital art show.
Students explore anatomy through digital photography. In this digital art lesson, students create a portfolio of various animals and label the structures of each.
Students explore story writing. In this writing and technology lesson plan, students sketch a setting for an original story. Students work with a book buddy (an older partner) to generate characters and a plot to go with the setting. Students use a digital arts program to create a final copy of their story.
Young scholars explore technology by creating a web page on-line. For this digital arts lesson, students identify the structure needed to create a website as well as the content required to keep visitors entertained. Young scholars collaborate in groups to create a website design in class using Dreamweaver software.
Students answer a series of defining questions that lead them to develop a fully realized heroic character. They create a variety of multimedia representations of their hero, including video interviews, HyperStudio stacks, web pages, and digital art.
Students are introduced in the Humanities class, as they explore the origins of Totems in Native American folklore. In the computer lab, students read Totem stories and explore the meaning and symbolism behind the myths using various Web sites. Students write their own myth and poems describing how each of them found their own totem anima.
Students investigate the art exhibit known as a biennial. This is an exhibit that occurs every two years. They observe works of the artist before visiting the exhibit in order to create a context for new knowledge that will be covered on the field trip.
Sixth graders conduct research on the internet to discover the principles of drawing using one and two point perspectives. After examining street scenes by Edward Hopper and postcards of Main Street USA in Disney, they write about and design their own dream streets. An animated drawing of their dream street is published online.
Sixth graders examine the work of artist Saul Steinberg by visiting online galleries of his work and looking at photo reproductions. After viewing and interpreting Steinberg's work, they write and illustrate fantasy stories which are then inserted into a Dreamweaver template of web pages.
Students explore math and art concepts, create digital art examples of the concepts, and incorporate these works into a PowerPoint portfolio with explanation and analysis.
Students take notes and sketch during the Internet research. They take notes of the colors found in the cave paintings (black, browns, ochre, sienna). They create an initial full size comprehensive sketch on scrap paper and in their journal, they write what their cave painting represents.
Technology and art combine in a creative instructional activity. Kids discuss portrait art and they search online and save a portrait created by one of their favorite artists. They have their picture taken exactly like their chosen portrait, then use the computer to create their own digital replica of the chosen image.
Young scholars create art using digital cameras and computers. In this visual art lesson plan, students look at examples of Andy Warhol's artwork and Pop Art. They create a contour line drawing of their self portrait and manipulate it using Whole Class Fresco.
Beginning a persuasive writing unit with your middle schoolers? Approach it through something that persuades us all: advertising! Through studying video and print advertisement, your class will practice Common Core skills for reading informational texts. They will also sharpen their narrative writing prowess as they study and craft emotional charged stories meant to persuade. Includes several handouts that are sure to help any ELA teacher lead up to a more in-depth persuasive writing unit. 
What do Columbus, Aeneas, Scarlet O’Hara, and Frederick Douglass have in common? How can a hero in one age be a villain in another? Does heroism depend on the context of time and place? Are there traits that all heroes share? After a consideration of these and other questions, class members create their own heroic character. To bring their hero to life, pupils choose from of menu of presentation options. From guided visualizations to online research, the whole class and small group activities in this richly detailed resource guide young writers through the process of creating their own hero.
Learners view themselves and their surroundings from different perspectives and gain insight into how others might see them, and discuss how and why they act differently when around various people. After brainstorming multiple meanings of word "perspective," students list and outline perspectives of themselves, and discuss how their perceptions of someone might change if they could "walk in their shoes." Learners then sketch their favorite rooms at home, and create Flash animations.
Students conceive and create works of visual art that demonstrate comprehension of how the communication of their ideas relates to the media, techniques, and processes they use. They initiate, define, and solve challenging visual arts problems independently using intellectual skills such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.
Students take virtual trip back in time to 1924 when a Dada manifesto sparked the Surrealist movement in Europe and the United States. They explore about the history of Surrealism and visit online galleries of notable artists of the past and present, immersing themselves in the dream-like qualities of Surrealism and discussing its influence on contemporary art, design, and entertainment.

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