Lisa Golda | Social Sciences & Literacy Integration
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Social Sciences & Literacy Integration


May 30, 2014

Photography, Teaching Artistry
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About This Project

I helped ESL 4th graders at Talcott Fine Arts Academy (Chicago, IL) create and perform this original folk tale as part of a Common Core arts-integrated unit I created in partnership with the classroom and music teachers for the Portfolio Design Project (CAPE; see separate Portfolio entry for overview). In this (approx.) 20-session residency, students:

  • gained understanding of narrative structure, folk tale elements, and descriptive language
  • developed and wrote their own folktale/script, “Gift of a Slave”
  • discussed and wrote about slaves’ socio-emotional experiences at age-appropriate levels
  • studied West African drumming and used group drumming to punctuate their final performance
  • studied African culture and made masks that incorporated African cultural elements
  • internalized this era of American history through written and spoken perspective-taking and historical study
  • practiced SEL skills including collaboration, perspective-taking, public speaking, delayed gratification
  • Performed a portion of their lengthy tale for a full auditorium of parents and Talcott students