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ART- LANGUAGE OF SYMBOLS
Students discuss how color construct meaning in art. They will demonstrate a technical knowledge and creative use of formal elements and principals of design. Students then discuss the way their selection of color contributed to their work.
7th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
Learn about each of the major players that contributed to each genre of modern/contemporary music. This slideshow covers the last 100 years in American music, from Gershwin to Michael Jackson, Folk to Reggae. Tip: It would be great to incorporate a few music clips so that children who haven't been exposed to these genres can understand the musical progression better.
4th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
Warhol and Collaboration
Learners view images of Warhol/Basquiat collaboration and discuss them using the questions listed in the instructional activity. They work in groups to choose a theme or topic relating to American culture and discuss ideas about symbols that could be used to represent their ideas.
7th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
The Black Snowman, An Interdisciplinary Unit
Sixth graders make a two column chart listing ten African Americans in one column and their detailed contribution to our society in the second column. Then, they select one of the famous African Americans to research and then create a six slide PowerPoint presentation according to the criteria in the handout provided.
6th English Language Arts
Middle Passage: a Journey of Endurance
Learners determine that thriving African cultures engaged in international trade and exploration before the emergence of European civilization. The study ancient Ghana, its geographic locale, the diversity therein to include its people, their lifestyles, languages, and customs.
1st - 5th Social Studies & History
A Guide Through the Culture of the Blues
Students examine the history of blues music and discover how it relates to the music of today. As a class, they listen to the drum songs of Africa and compare it to the use of drums in pop music today. Using the internet, they research the history of the blues and its early artists.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
The Impact of the Music of the Harlem Renaissance on Society
Students define the community of Harlem. They explain the growth of music in this area and identify important people who spearheaded this movement. They identify places where music grew in Harlem and establish a visual as well as an aural account of the musical history of this era.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History