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  Connecting With The Arts Home   A Teaching Practices Library, 6-8
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Mineral Springs

Middle School




  Grade: 8
  Disciplines: Visual Art
Language Arts
  Description: Students create ceramic place settings based on literary characters.

Watching the Video

Boy holding ceramic art workBefore You Watch
Respond to the following questions.

  • How do you connect with another teacher in order to develop projects that meet both of your goals?
  • If students have difficulty expressing themselves in language, what are ways to help them gain confidence in this area?
  • What advantages might there be to infusing art-making into a literature study?

Watch the Program

As you watch take notes on the collaboration between Kathy (language arts) and Cindy (visual art). What goals, knowledge and skills do they each bring? How are their teaching styles similar and/or different? Write down what you find interesting, surprising, or especially important about their collaboration.

Reflect on the Program

  • What struck you about the collaboration between Kathy and Cindy? How did their roles change as they moved from their own into one another’s classrooms?
  • What elements of the study made it possible for students to delve into challenging emotional subjects in their art work?
  • What evidence did you see that students were able to apply what they were learning?
  • What role did Judy Chicago’s work The Dinner Party play in the project? Many people would find the subject matter of her work - which often deals with the details of human anatomy - challenging material for adolescents. Would you use an artwork of a controversial or explicit nature, and if so, how would you prepare students to view and discuss it?

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