Activities and Discussion
Beginning the Curriculum Design Process (30 minutes)
Facilitator: Distribute the handouts Indicators
of Enduring Ideas/Understandings and Essential Questions (PDF) and
Worksheet (PDF). Divide participants into four groups. Assign each
of the groups one of the following topics:
- Arts and History
- Arts and Literature
- Arts and Math
- Arts and Science
Each group will begin the curriculum design process for a lesson that
integrates the arts by constructing an enduring idea/understanding for
their topic. Begin by brainstorming and mapping a web of concepts that
supports your assigned topic. From the concepts, construct a list of generalizations
general statements developed by connecting concepts together.
Using the generalizations, craft the enduring idea/understanding for
the unit. Refer to the handout Indicators
of Enduring Ideas/Understandings and Essential Questions (PDF), for
Then, using the same handout, construct the essential questions. These
should support and address the unit concepts you have identified.
Finally, use the essential questions to define your unit goals and objectives.
Reflection (5 minutes)
Facilitator: Use the following questions to focus a closing discussion:
- What affected your ability to work collaboratively?
- How has this process encouraged you to explore the why
in your teaching?
Save your written work and notes and bring them to the next workshop
session to discuss these topics further.
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