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Mineral Springs

Middle School




  Grade: 8
  Disciplines: Visual Art
Language Arts
  Description: Students create ceramic place settings based on literary characters.

Revealing Character

Close up of ceramic mask Program Summary
A language arts teacher and a visual art teacher ask eighth-graders to demonstrate their understanding of a novel’s characters by creating unusual ceramic place settings.
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  The Integrated Instruction
Kathy Adams Kathy Adams, 8th-Grade Language Arts Teacher
Cindy and I had been looking for a way that we could create a fairly complex unit together. And when I told her about a novel that I intended to use with the kids called The Weirdo, she was really excited. I had in mind to find out what the students knew about character development, theme development, and even plot development - from a visual product that they would produce.
Cindy Ellis Cindy Ellis, Visual Art
So we took the idea of the place setting, like Judy Chicago used with The Dinner Party, and asked the students to represent characters in the book. And they were able to see how they can manipulate, mold, and form different materials to express the different characteristics of that character. I was trying to get them to think in terms of how they can use elements such as color, shape, form, and texture to help create the message - the feeling - they want to send.

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