Don’t let the total fool you – even though it seems like this is just a video about writing, the ‘animal legends’ theme pulls in social studies concepts. I love how they interviewed students and captured the actual lesson on film. It shows how this lesson plan plays out in the real world (with plenty of very specific ideas for teaching). I can see how this would help the non-art teacher become much more comfortable in using the visual arts with their students.
The list of resources provide links to culturally relevant ways of using the arts to teach about different places and groups of people. But, that may not even be the best part. The teacher-developed lesson plan link brings you to museum-created ideas. All you have to do is follow the links and you’ll get to the plans, which include standards, indicators and vocabulary. Everything in one place!
What I love about this video is the way in which the teacher in it starts by discussing how challenging it can be for non-art teachers to teach art. Not only does this clip provide an excellent illustration of using the arts to teach social studies, but she does so in a way that’s completely accessible to every teacher. I can see how the ideas (and lesson) can be translated to younger grades as well.
Who doesn’t learn from a question-answer format? If you’re searching for resources that dig deep into using the arts (with social studies/history), this page has plenty of ideas. I appreciate the author’s choice to also include the use of photographs, as well as paintings, etc. This ups the opportunities for teaching and broadens the spectrum.
I found the author’s ‘five points’ to consider when planning for an arts-integrated social studies lesson to be extremely helpful when understanding the process of using the two content areas together. The example given, “Migration Patterns and Rauschenberg’s Art,” makes the ideas clear and concrete – in a way that’s easy to translate into real classroom learning.