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  Connecting With The Arts Home   A Teaching Practices Library, 6-8
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  Program at a Glance
  School: Hand Middle School
  Location: Columbia, SC
  Grade: 7
  Disciplines: Music
Visual Art
Social Studies
Language Arts
  Description: Teachers make creative connections between arts and non-arts subjects.

Watching the Video

Student working on drawing about RussiaBefore You Watch
Respond to the following questions.

  • What themes speak to middle school students? Why?
  • How does a theme provide opportunities for connections with other teachers?
  • Why does studying a single subject from multiple angles help students grasp it better - for example, learning about the Civil War through the visual art and music of the time?

Watch the Program

As you watch, note the topic that teachers use to help students make connections across their different classes. How does the instruction connect social studies and band, chorus and language arts, and language arts and theatre?

Reflect on the Program

  • Which teachers in this program do you feel made the strongest impact with students? How and why?
  • Do you feel that the topics teachers used helped reinforce concepts across disciplines? Why or why not?
  • What are some ways these teachers assessed student understanding?

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