PRAIRIE VISIONS 2011

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK - Cross-cultural Curriculum Ideas generated at Prairie Visions (Links to more below)

Sharing cross-cultural, thematic curriculum ideas with colleagues at Prairie Visions.

See below for ideas generated.

GROUP 1

BIG THEME

BASED ON Why art is made.

KEY WORK 1
Identification
Culture
How it relates to theme.

KEY WORK 2
Identification
Culture
How it relates to theme.
KEY WORK 3
Identification
Culture
How it relates to theme.

PERFORMANCE TASK

Connect the theme to students’ own lives.

Explore the meaning of hero/heroine in a cross-cultural American Society

Caesar Chavez by Pamella Chatterton

He stood up for his beliefs and demanded justice for people being mistreated.

Rosa Parks Triptych

African American

She represents equality. All humans deserve the same level of respect and have equal value.

Ben Kuroki

Asian American

He was a WWII fighter pilot that supported our country while his family & friends were transported to camps.

Draw a superhero’s cape. Add symbols, collage pictures, draw items that tell a story about the superhero you choose. It can be a family member, sports figure, leader, public figures, occupations, or peer. It can be someone from the past or the present.

GROUP 2

BIG THEME

BASED ON Why art is made.

KEY WORK 1
Identification
Culture
How it relates to theme.

KEY WORK 2
Identification
Culture
How it relates to theme.
KEY WORK 3
Identification
Culture
How it relates to theme.

PERFORMANCE TASK

Connect the theme to students’ own lives.

To commemorate or aid the dead Mexican Ofrendas: are made to honor and aid their ancestors through passing

Omaha Community Artwork: To commemorate the victims of the Von Maur shooting

Obon Festivals:
- Japan
- Dance
- Lighted lanterns floating on water
- Symbolic of honoring the dead

-Create an ofrenda representing someone to honor
- Create papel picado
- Create a children’s book illustrating the main ideas of Dias de Los muertos using common themes
- Creates something that illustrates how their family commemorate the dead (focus on similarities between your family and Dias de los muertos)

People make art to communicate with others using images and words Mayan Lintels tell a story through their hieroglyphics, which are a pictorial representation of words people and events

Lalla Essaydi
This female Moroccan artist incorporates words in her imagery to emphasize women’s lack of access to the words of the Q’uran and their cultural voicelessness

Vietnam War Memorial by Maya Lin
The words (names) on the wall have become the imagery which identifies the individual and societal loss to our nation

1. Students use a list of pre-taught adjectives describing self and opposites (of self). They write a diamante poem about themselves.

2. Students design a pair of sunglasses using imagery, words, or imagery and words.

COMMEMORATE OR AID THE DEAD

Jose Guadalupe Posada
"Gato"
Mexican Art
Posada believed that Dead should be celebrated not mourned.

Daniel Chester French
"The Milmore Memorial"
French Sculpture
Different cultures commemorate dead in their own ways.

Maya Lin
“Vietnam Memorial”
American culture
By writing and reading the names of the many soldiers that gave their life for our freedom Americans commemorate dead.

*Students will read about the Day of the Dead in Mexico and Nicaragua and compare how different or alike is the tradition. (site)
*Students will research different Hispanic role models and select one to commemorate by creating a day of the dead altar.
*Students will write a summary of the Day of the dead and a paragraph on their Hispanic role model.

GIVE INSIGHT INTO OUR HUMAN PAST

“Freedom from Want” by Norman Rockwell
American Narrative
Thanksgiving dinner is a special celebration in the American culture.

Cascarones by Carmen Loma Garza.

Mexican-Americans celebrate Easter by decorating eggs and having family gatherings.

Viggo Johansen (Danish artist, 1851–1935)

Silent Night

Christmas is a special tradition in many cultures

*Students will interview an elder from the paternal and maternal side of their family to understand their own traditions.
*Students will take digital photos of memorabilia depicting family origin.
*Students will create a collage of their family traditions using their digital images and other art media.

NEXT SET OF CURRICULUM IDEAS

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