Archive | Common Core and the Arts

What are the authentic connections between the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and teaching and learning in the arts?

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Conflict in America – Curriculum Connections in Theater

Teaching Artist Chris Heller collaborates with ESL and classroom teachers at PS 239Q to use a theme from the Social Studies curriculum “Conflict in America” to help students design tableaux and write short scenes they perform for their classmates. Students gain a deeper understanding of the theme of conflict, which is also essential to good […]

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Developing Artistic Voice through Improvisation

In Kim and Nami’s 4/5th grade dance residency, the artists provide students with a clear artistic process to help students develop their own improvisations. This structured step-by-step process frees students to work through artistic problems independently, putting the power in the students to explore movement freely, make artistic choices and decide how to develop their […]

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Observation and Description in Dance

Students in Maya’s 4/5th grade class are learning the beginning of a piece of choreography. The artists use observation and description to help students understand the movement sequence, allowing multiple entry points for different kinds of learners. This experience helps students to learn and understand a piece of choreography, and it builds skills students will […]

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Using a Feedback Chart for Revisions in Theater

Fourth grade students in Chris Heller’s theater residency at PS 239q devise scenes based on The Private Notebook of Katie Roberts, Age 11, a text from the curriculum. Throughout the process students share their scenes and give each other feedback. Feedback is charted to help students remember and apply feedback. Follow one student, Noel, as […]

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Working with a Rubric in Theater

Using a rubric for theater, teaching artist Jenny Campbell leads students in Ms. Wong’s class at PS 163Q through the process of creating scenes in small groups that take place in a vehicle. The students use the rubric to assess their progress and to assess and give feedback to their peers during presentation and performance. […]

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4th Grade Curriculum Connections – Studying Native American Folktales

As part of their Native American Folktale study, Ms. Angelo’s 4th grade class reads and discusses “The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush”. They create a list of characters in preparation for the first session with Teaching Artist Sarah Provost. Ms. Angelo takes this opportunity to deepen student understanding of story elements.

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