This unit worked on two literacy skills: research and writing.
Students used their artworks to generate interpretive writing skills through artist statements and reflections on using studio habits.
As the students progressed in their studies in Social Sciences and the inquiry method of learning, the focus of their learning became about research skills.
John went into the classroom to help figure out how they wanted to incorporate their research into an art work; the students chose to make three-dimensional artifacts based on their historical research. They then decided as a group as to create a final installation of their artifacts and research in the form of a mural-sized map.
Students practiced their oral presentation skills and reflective skills through oral critiques of artifacts.
Colleen McVeigh received her M.A in Curriculum and Instruction from DePaul University in 1996. Colleen has worked as an independent consultant providing professional development for schools in the Chicago Public School system. Prior to her consulting and teaching work, Colleen worked as a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools for 13 years in various classroom settings, including dual language and transitional bilingual.and taught a fourth/ fifth bilingual split classroom.