This unit plan will be completed by July 29, 2015. It will include full as well as abbreviated lesson plan descriptions, numerous resources, and various assessments. The structure of this unit is based upon my research of the National Core Arts Standards (NCAS), Model Cornerstone Assessments (MCA), Studio Thinking 2 (Hetland et al, 2013), and Understanding by Design (Wiggins & McTighe, 2005).
This unit plan follows the backward design model. Its content is inspired by personal interests, NCAS, a SchoolArts article, and children's book called Battle Bunny. It is designed for 8- to 10-year-olds and can take up to a semester to complete (depending on frequency and length of art classroom visits). This unit guides children through art and art making activities that will open their eyes to visual expressions of change and to the act of bringing about change through art. It offers them an array of opportunities to contemplate changes in self and place through their own art and through the art of others. It reminds them to envision and reflect upon the potential or actual effects of those changes not only on themselves but also on others. Finally, it supports students in developing original ideas independently and in building a community of confidence, trust, and support through respectful collaboration.