Introduction to Unit 

The Storytelling with Art Unit focuses on student exploration of narrative art. The unit includes two lessons: From Stones to Selves and Home for a Friend. Students will learn to design characters and settings with art that can be used to tell a story. Some of the universal concepts involved in this lesson include storytelling, identity, inspiration, observation, symbols, and expressions. Students will take inspiration from stones (an everyday object) and use them as inspiration to create a character, setting and story with their art. By completing the objectives of our lesson, students would be able to see art as a form of communication for telling stories, understand that narrative art can give artists the opportunity to share their unique viewpoint and express their ideas about the human experience, demonstrate that the language of art can be used to accentuate the unique meaning in their art and find that observations of the world can be used as inspiration for artwork.

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Methods for Integrating Literacy, Numeracy and Technology

Literacy

Concept map created by students to help them define ‘observe’ and explore the way an illustrator used her observations to create characters.

Literacy is integrated into both lessons of this unit in several ways. In the first lesson, From Stones to Selves, we will read the book “Agate: What Good is a Moose,” as a class. We reflected on the books message but utilized most of our time considering the illustrators role in storytelling. Students worked together to create a concept map centered around the word observe.  Through their responses, students were able to define observe and explore the ways the book’s illustrator used her observations of stones to create characters – just like they would be doing.

Below is a video of a student reading a story they wrote about their creature. Students had the option to complete a Creature Bio, a Comic Strip, a Storyboard or Free Write about their creature. This was a form of assessment of their thinking as well as an integration of literacy into the first lesson.

Numeracy

There were several instances where numeracy was integrated into our lesson designs. Numeracy includes the use of critical thinking, problem solving and systematic thinking. All of these forms of thinking were present in our lessons. For example, student designed sculptural forms during our second lesson, Home for a Friend.

Technology

\In narrative form discuss how literacy, numeracy and technology have been addressed and incorporated into your unit lessons. Make reference to 21st century and workforce place skills.


Classroom Management Strategies related to Instruction

Describe how you created and/or amended instruction to provide a positive learning environment. In this section you might reflect on organizing the lesson, clean-up, and set-up, ideation, reflective activities, student engagement, and accommodations. 


Lesson Plans and Documentation

Click on the buttons below to view each lesson plan from this unit or check out our blog, Storytelling with Art, to see documentation of student’s learning and creative work.