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School 230


Jackson Heights, Queens,

New York City

  Grade: 8
  Disciplines: Visual Art
Social Studies
  Description: Students are immersed in the architecture of their neighborhood.

Constructing a Community

Maria Bonilla and student looking at artwork Program Summary
A visual art teacher and a social studies teacher use the distinctive architecture and history of their school’s neighborhood to help eighth-graders see their community in a new light.
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Maria Bonilla Maria Bonilla, Visual Art Teacher
I think it’s important for students to see themselves in terms of their community. So we connect the architecture of Jackson Heights - which is basically the art form of our neighborhood - to our social studies focus, the community of Jackson Heights. Once the students start doing their own research on the neighborhood, and working on the art project, they really start to feel that connection.
Gail Altan Gail Altan, Social Studies Teacher
Jackson Heights is a landmark historic district, and I wanted the students to understand and appreciate what landmarks are about. I feel like the students’ history knowledge was really helped by the art-making they did in this project. When they started to see that the models they’d been building actually looked like the buildings we’d been studying, that really excited them.

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