by Jacqueline Dukes
6th Grade Language Arts lesson created to enhance “Embracing Our Heritage” which is an 8 week unit within the common core standards. Students are challenged to consider how encountering new people within new places impacts all involved. The unit focus provides one component of integration of various disciplines within Language Arts under the new common core standards.
Timing: 150-200 minutes required to complete the two lessons. Should students decide to conduct a survey, it would take longer to generate the data sheet and collect the information.
Evaluation Activity 1: At the end of this lesson students will be able to discuss the analogy
Evaluation Activity 2: Students create a viable list and are able to justify recommendations
Activity: Working in pairs one student will acquire information about the Beatles while the partner will gather information about Peter Max. Together they will complete a Venn diagram which will enable students to recognize significance of each phenomenon— icons of a particular era and unique personalities that have been influenced, plus are influential though encounters with others. This reinforces an ongoing premise that will be explored throughout the 8 week unit. As groups meet, they are forever changed. Discoveries are shared and reinvented over time. New technologies provide opportunities for indirect exposure.
Material: visuals and music from 60s era—collage of Maxx’s work, clothing and accessories from licensed products—Peter Max, Beatles photo, collage of album/movie memorabilia, photos of items from OSU collection. ( Matisse dress is the most appropriate inclusion from the materials shown.)
From Fashion2Fiber collection:
*Paper space shuttle dress
*Advertisement for paper dresses
*Paco Rabanne plastic and ring dress
*Yves Saint Laurent-Piet Modrian dress
*Plaid mod dress with matching legging/shoes
From online: Vintage Peter Max clothing images
Activity 2 Extension—Data collection and writing activity
Share culture collection with class—use projection device of envelope containing visuals while music montage plays in the background.
Assign extension task:
Frequently historians collect important items to represent a period of time, an event, or culture. The music and visuals presented during activity one represent a collection of images and music associated with the counterculture of the 1960s. For future studies about 2014-15 teens, list three items you would choose to inform others about today‘s youth.
Brainstorm before beginning the task.
Once choices are made support each recommendation with data to justify the items on the list.