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What is an effective way to use ArtsConnectEd to engage 5th grade students in a civics lesson?

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July 2009

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Q: What is an effective way to use ArtsConnectEd to engage 5th grade students in a civics lesson?

I am excited about the possibilities presented by the new ArtsConnectEd. I am teaching a unit on the roles of citizens in the American Democracy. Can you suggest an effective way to use ArtsConnectEd in a related activity?

5th Grade Social Sciences Teacher

A: A scavenger hunt activity is a good way to engage students in both the topic, in this case civics, and the Arts.

  1. Start with a group discussion on the responsibilites and charactaristics of citizenship in the United States.
  2.  Create a list of those responsibilities and characteristics as identified as part of the discussion.
  3.  Ask your students to use ArtsConnectEd to build an Art Collector Set of at least three works of art that illustrate a responsibility or characteristic of an American citizen.
  4. Have them write at least two paragraphs supporting their choice--why they chose this image-- in the Display Annotation for each work of art.
    See the Help section for step-by-step instructions on how to build an Art Collector Set.
    Note: You could also have the students print each image and write their supporting paragraphs on the back of each page.
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