Theme Sculptures: Offering Reconciliation
Students create 3-dimensional works in clay. In this sculpture lesson, students discuss a theme and create a sculpture based on that theme. Students express personal ideas and feelings through the arts.
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Short Story Unit: Final Assessments
This final resource in a series of fourteen lists all of the assessments for a short story unit. While designed to go specifically with the unit, these assessment ideas could be used to inspire projects for other units as well. Included...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: Historical and Cultural Context
An insult to American politicians? A satire of news media? Or a critique of censorship, political corruption, and media propaganda? As part of a unit study on film, class members examine how director Frank Capra's develops these themes...
11th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Reel to Real: Adapting Macbeth Throne of Blood
It's a tale of life, retold by a genius, full of sound and fury. Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood takes center stage in a resource that spotlights how the director adapted the characters and themes in Shakespeare's Macbeth to Japanese...
9th - Higher Ed English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Marching to the Beat of a Different Drum
Henry David Thoreau and Linda Ronstadt? Ann Tyler and Pete Townshend? Joyce Carol Oates and Pearl Jam? This richly detailed plan pairs classic literature with contemporary music and asks learners to analyze how the theme of conformity is...
10th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Imagine Poetry & Mural Lesson
Readers of all ages can work together in groups to create original poetry on the theme of "Imagine," inspired by John Lennon's classic song. They also create a mural to illustrate their poetry. A beautiful instructional activity,...
2nd - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Lesson: Struggle and Transformation: Jaguar & Adolescence
To break down complex themes, discuss a sense of self, and learn a bit about Mayan culture, learners start through art analysis. They analyze a Mayan incense burner, discuss themes, and then write a short story that includes themes from...
5th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
The Learning Network: Re-envisioning Classic Stories
Readers reflect on enjoyable stories they know, brainstorm criteria that make a story "good," analyze a New York Times article about innovative children's performances, re-envision classics on their own, and peer edit drafts. Use this as...
5th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts