GRADES 6-8 Curricular Connections

ARTS EDUCATION
Big Ideas:
* Experiencing art is a means to develop empathy for others’ perspectives and experiences
* Engaging in the arts develops people’s ability to understand and express complex ideas
* Creative growth requires patience, readiness to take risks, and willingness to try new approaches
Curricular Competencies:
* Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of personal, social, cultural, historical, and environmental contexts in relation to the arts
* Interpret works of art using knowledge and skills from various areas of learning
* Take creative risks to express feelings, ideas, and experiences
Provocations:
* What emotions do you notice in the artwork?
* If this artwork were music, what would it sound like? If this artwork could dance, what song would it dance to?
* What would it feel like to be in this artwork? Put your body into the pose of some element of this artwork. How does it feel to be in that position?

SOCIAL STUDIES
Big Ideas:
* Systems of government vary in their respect for human rights and freedoms
* Religious and cultural practices that emerged during this period have endured and continue to influence people
* Changing ideas about the world created tension between people wanting to adopt new ideas and those wanting to preserve established traditions
Curricular Competencies:
* Sequence objects, images, or events, and recognize the positive and negative aspects of continuities and changes in the past and present
* Explain different perspectives on past or present people, places, issues, or events, and compare the values, worldviews, and beliefs of human cultures and societies in different times and places
* Characterize different time periods in history, including periods of progress and decline, and identify key turning points that mark periods of change
Provocations:
* What does this artwork teach us about the past?
* How does this artwork teach us about the future?
* What was happening in history when this artwork was made? How does that change your understanding of the artwork?

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
Big Ideas:
* Language and text can be a source of creativity and joy
* Exploring and sharing multiple perspectives extends our thinking
* Texts are socially, culturally, and historically constructed
Curricular Competencies:
* Respond to text in personal, creative, and critical ways
* Recognize and appreciate how different features, forms, and genres of texts reflect different purposes, audiences, and messages
* Exchange ideas and viewpoints to build shared understanding and extend thinking
Provocations:
* How can you connect this artwork to your own life?
* How did the artist use line, shape, and color to contribute to the mood or meaning?
* Who do you know that would really like this artwork? Why would they like it? Who do you know that would really dislike this artwork? Why would they dislike it?