Why Arts Integration?
Creating a Team
Integration Access Points
Arts Integrated Reading Units
Partnering with Arts Organizations
Collaborative Planning Meetings
Reflecting on Your Work
If you choose to use arts integration with a reading unit or story, here is a process you might consider using.
- Become familiar with the content.
- Explore the access points.
- Find interdisciplinary connections.
- Determine each learning activity.
1. Become familiar with the content.
- Choose a reading selection or a group of reading selections with a particular theme.
- Extract vocabulary, keywords, settings, conflicts, images, as well as explicit arts and math found in each selection.
- This does not have to be an exhaustive list – look for significant ideas that may be useful in making interdisciplinary connections.
- Use the Become Familiar with the Content planning form.
2. Explore the access points.
- The access point is the point at which your learning activities connect to the reading theme.
- An access point should be broad enough to connect multiple disciplines (Language Arts/Reading, Math, Visual Arts, Dance/Movement, and Music) .
- Your unit may be based on a single access point or several different ones.
- Access points may be an element from the literature itself, essential questions, or a Big Idea.
- Use the Explore the Access Points planning form.
Literature as Access Point
- Vocabulary, keywords, concepts, characters, setting, conflict, plot and/or illustrations in a story can become points of connection to other disciplines .
- Interdisciplinary exploration allows students to delve deeply into the text .
Essential Questions as Access Points
- Essential Questions ask why and how, not who and where .
- What questions about the theme or selections can you ask that invite interdisciplinary inquiry?
The Big Idea as Access Point
- The Big Idea provides a conceptual frame for a unit.
- Look at the text and ask: What larger questions are answered by this selection?
- Ask why and how, not who and where.
3. Find interdisciplinary connections.
- Determine a compelling access point that invites inquiry through multiple disciplines.
- What are the natural connections to Language Arts/Reading, Math, Visual Arts, Music, and Movement/Dance?
- You may choose to explore more than one access point.
- Use one Find Interdisciplinary Connections planning form for each access point you would like to explore.
4. Determine each learning activity.
- Think about the student learning standards for each discipline .
- What activities will help students achieve learning standards in each discipline while connecting with the reading content?
- The step-by-step procedure for the activity may be fleshed out later in a lesson plan.
- Use one Determine Each Learning Activity planning form for each activity .
- Give your interdisciplinary learning unit a title.
- Determine which learning activities each teacher will implement, along with the disciplines they address and the projected dates they will be implemented.
- Use the Summarize planning form.
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