What is Culture?

Bird HouseI am working on setting up my classes for the fall.  I took an online class this summer on using the 5E Model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, & Evaluate).  I’m now incorporating this new knowledge into my lessons because it will help my students go deeper into the lessons and not sit on the surface of a really cool art project.

This is paired with my new knowledge of the term DOK (Depth of Knowledge). The art class naturally lends itself to higher levels of knowledge, because art is just cool like that.  My students cover DOK1 and DOK4 very well.  It is 2 and 3 that sometimes gets skipped over in the process of making art. There is a limited time in the classroom; however, these steps are important for students to understand why they are making the art and how to explain their thinking and what steps are needed for a project. In the long run, it will make them independent artists and problem solvers. So, it is a change in my mindset on how lessons should be run.

As I am setting up a brand new class I’m incorporating these ideas into my lessons.  My first lesson for my Culture Art class will be looking at: What is culture? This covers a Common Core Standard in Writing: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.2.d: Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.

My students will be probably be confused because there is no making of artwork associated with this lesson; however, it sets up the premise of the whole class.  Sometimes middle school students don’t always have a sensitivity button installed and will say the first thing that comes to their mind. I’m installing the button at the beginning so that when we look at artwork from other cultures they have a common terminology and respect for others.

My three day lesson will have students bring in an object that represents their culture; it is a show and tell. Which by making it about them; I’ve just engaged the middle school brain.  It loves attention. I also get to know my students on another level. The following day students will use technology to explore culture topics and explain their results with others.

Finally, students discuss an extending question: “If you were to work at the United Nations (there are 193 different countries); why would understanding somebody else’s culture be important?

Throughout the lesson students self-evaluate on their level of participation. I will also evaluate them with my handy dandy clipboard and tally sheet.

My shameless plug (if you worked on a killer lesson for four days you would want to sell it too): If you are interested in purchasing the lesson click here to be brought to my page on Teachers Pay Teachers.

Other websites to check out on Depth of Knowledge and the 5E model:

Artfully,

Mrs. Berry

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