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Stories of Art Teachers’ Supplement


Stories of Art
Introduction to Stories of Art: Curriculum Resource

How Can Stories Increase Learning?
Making Connections with Stories of Art
The Big Picture
Matrix of Inquiry Issues
Common Core Standards for Reading
What Is Inquiry? Tempe Center for the Arts Educational Resource


Vocabulary for Each
Stories of Art Theme
Vocabulary


ArtsConnectEd Supplements: Artworks for Each Stories of Art Theme

Click on any theme below for links to artworks available online through ArtsConnectEd, a service of the Minneapolis Art Institute and the Walker Museum of Art. You may want to print out these artworks to add to your Stories of Art notebook.
Theme 1: Our Place in the World
Theme 2: Farm Folk City Folk
Theme 3: Great Teachers Long Ago
Theme 4: Spiritual Worlds
Theme 5: When Cultures Meet
Theme 6: Powerful Families
Theme 7: Protest and Persuasion
Theme 8: Technology
Theme 9: The Individual
Theme 10: The Global Village


Graphic Organizers for Each
Stories of Art Theme
1. Fee's Cape
2. Problem Analysis
3. Story Structure & Elements
4. Patterns All Around
5. Compare & Contrast
6. Art Traditions & Art Roles
7. Actions & Consequences
8. Step-By-Step Process
9. Artist Bubble Map
10. Relationship Map—Influences


Stories of Art Writing Supplement by Karla Primosch
Art and Writing
6 + 1 Traits ®


The following lessons will usually require more than one class period, especially to accommodate pre-writing, writing, revision, and presentation. You may want to print out the following lessons to add to your Stories of Art notebook.
Our Place in the World
Farm Folk City Folks
Great Teachers Long Ago
Spiritual Worlds
When Cultures Meet
Powerful Families
Protest and Persuasion
Technology
The Individual
The Global Village


Art Making and Meaning: Understanding through Questions
Click here to read about a new resource that builds on what students learn in Stories of Art.




Introduction to Stories of Art

Stories of Art is a collection of eight short stories written especially for use in elementary and middle school art classrooms. In each story, young people use art to solve a real problem in their lives. The fictional stories are based on broad interdisciplinary themes that parallel developments in cultures across the globe. Two additional units provide students the opportunity to write their own stories.

The themes include:
Our Place in the World
Farm Folk City Folk
Great Teachers Long Ago
Spiritual Worlds
When Cultures Meet
Powerful Families
Protest and Persuasion
Technology
The Individual
The Global Village


In addition to the story, each unit presents ideas for research projects and art-making activities that use the story as a springboard for learning about art in different cultures. Also included is an extensive list of interdisciplinary activities that help students transfer their knowledge across the curriculum. National Visual Art Standards are aligned to each unit.




Art and Writing

Stories of Art
is an art-driven curriculum resource. This writing supplement provides teachers with tools to reinforce writing standards. James Blasingame, a Six Traits® writing expert, concludes in “Educational Reform and Its Connection to Art Instruction: Art and Writing” (Translations, 2005) that “student writers have been proven to find much greater success in writing about topics in which they have a personal interest and investment, such as their own artwork and experience with art.” Not only do the stories in Stories of Art involve young people as protagonists, they also help students generate and refine ideas for their own art making.

The purpose of this resource is to increase achievement in both art and writing – neither discipline in service to the other but each complementing and augmenting the other. This writing supplement, like Stories of Art, is written for elementary and middle school teachers. Teachers are invited to review lessons to select and adapt those they deem most appropriate for their students and curriculum.




6 + 1 Trait ®
The Northwestern Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL) has identified a 6 + 1 Trait® writing approach. Each writing lesson employs specific traits identified by name. Refer to the Website of the NWREL (http://www.nwrel.org/assessment/scoring.php?odelay=3&d=1) for the complete set of traits. You may want to print out these traits to add to your Stories of Art notebook.




Art Making and Meaning: Understanding through Questions

Art Making and Meaning is a DVD/CD resource also available from CRIZMAC, which uses the same key questions as the Stories of Art lessons. Stories of Art is a foundation for inquiry-based art instruction. Art Making and Meaning builds on that foundation. Though designed for secondary and beginning college students, much of the content is adaptable for younger learners, especially if students have already been introduced to inquiry through Stories of Art.

The Art Making and Meaning DVD provides interviews with artists focused on the key questions introduced in Stories of Art. Interactive CD activities: 1) review what students learn from the artists on the DVD, 2) apply each question to objects from our everyday visual world, and 3) practice making distinctions among choices of questions to increase students’ awareness of art inquiry strategies.