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  Connecting With The Arts Home   A Teaching Practices Library, 6-8
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  School: FAIR School
(Fine Arts Interdisciplinary
Resource School)
  Location: Crystal, MN
  Grade: 8
  Disciplines: Visual Art
Language Arts
Social Studies
  Description: Students express the ideas of conflict and protest through art forms.

Watching the Video

Display of student portraitsBefore You Watch
Respond to the following questions.

  • What is "voice" in art, in literature, in politics, in history? Does the idea of "voice" appear in your own subject area? How?
  • How, in your classroom or your community, do you create an environment in which the expression of individual voice is nurtured and encouraged?
  • How might the arts enrich a study about voice and protest?

Watch the Program

As you watch, notice how the arts are used to help students understand abstract ideas such as voice, conflict, and protest. Write down ways that the different art forms influence and shape ideas.

Reflect on the Program

  • How did the arts help students understand the notions of conflict, protest, and voice?
  • Did the arts help students express themselves, or come to deeper understandings, in ways they might not have been able to do otherwise? How?
  • Some students find it difficult to express their ideas and emotions through the arts. How is this challenge addressed in the program? How might you handle this issue in your classroom?
  • What prior understandings about art and personal expression do you think the students in this program might have had that allowed them to be successful in this unit?

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