Ms. Aagaard – firstname.lastname@example.org
Living Histories, a course for students in grades K-5, integrates social studies, writing, art, and drama. Students learn to “read” works of art and unlock their symbolism, leading to deeper understanding. In addition, students create tableaus, a form of drama in which students make a living picture, about events in history. Living Histories was developed in close coordination with the Kennedy Center’s “Changing Education Through the Arts” program.
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Sample arts integrated lessons at various grades
- First graders analyze art and write poetry in a unit comparing urban and rural life.
- Second graders learn to read portraits as biographies as they study historical figures.
- Fourth graders study the civil rights movement, with special focus on school integration.
Student reflections about learning through the integration of social studies, writing, art, and drama:
“Studying portraits helps trigger emotions. This improves my writing and helps me better understand events and people in history.” (Kyle)
“Working in a group helps me better understand other people’s perspectives.” (Tae’lor)
“When I make a tableau the information becomes completely absorbed into me.” (Reese)
“Each tableau is a little puzzle piece of history. When you put them together they tell you the story of the time period.” (Harry)
“Learning through drama helps my concentration get better, because you have to be focused to be a good actor.” (Stephanie)