Reflect on Your Practice
- Are integrated thematic units commonly taught
in your school?
- What obstacles exist at your school for
planning integrated arts units? How might they be overcome?
- Thinking about the personnel and resources
in your school, which art forms would you be most excited
about integrating into a social studies unit on culture?
- How do you judge students' success at understanding
and assimilating new information and material?
Adaptations / Extensions to Consider
it back: Choose one or two colleagues or art forms
to work with. For example, have students create a culture
that communicates only through music or visual art.
Compare two cultures:
Have students derive their own list of ‘cultural universals’
by comparing and contrasting two cultures they have studied
and know fairly well.
Connect to today:
As a way to get students to think about the elements of culture,
have them choose artifacts for a time capsule that will tell
archeologists 500 years in the future what life was like for
Resources, including unit materials that teachers used.