Network Initiatives

                

 

Purpose

To engage students in the reading strategies of determining importance and synthesizing in nonfiction texts and to think deeply about what they learn through the visual art technique of collage.

 

Unit Description

In this unit, students conduct research and gather evidence about Roberto Clemente to determine if they would judge him to be an everyday hero. To prepare, students learn what makes someone an everyday hero. Then, they begin their investigation by reading the narrative biography Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates by Jonah Winter. As they read, they engage in the literacy strategy of determining importance and noting information learned about Clemente to help them hone in on the evidence that supports their consideration of him as an everyday hero. Simultaneously, students learn a range of elements and principles of art as well compositional sources, students read a series of nonfiction texts, adding to what they know about Clemente as an everyday hero. As a culminating event, students share master Clemente Collages in a gallery walk for an invited audience.

 

Newly Added Feature: This Unit's student texts have been translated into Spanish.

 

                

 

Common Core State Standards

Arts for Learning is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language. This Overview describes the scope of the standards and this Quick Reference Guide provides each of the standards fully or partially met within this A4L Unit, followed by the charts that specifically identify the standards addressed in each lesson and step in the Unit. The standards are also coded and listed at the beginning of each lesson in the unit. Arts for Learning also provides a comprehensive student assessment program in each unit. This Assessment Quick Reference Chart indicates an overview of the locations of the tasks to be scored in the unit.
 
Each A4L unit is developed on a common framework and contains a 3-part sequence of instruction that educational research suggests will help students become more self-directed, independent learners. There is a gradual hand-off of responsibility--from teacher to students-- that is supported by assessment and teacher help as needed. Throughout A4L units the arts serve as motive and means to advance reading for meaning and writing thoughtfully.

 

 

 

 

Unit 3

Everyday Heroes

                

 

Purpose

To engage students in the reading strategies of determining importance and synthesizing in nonfiction texts and to think deeply about what they learn through the visual art technique of collage.

 

Unit Description

In this unit, students conduct research and gather evidence about Roberto Clemente to determine if they would judge him to be an everyday hero. To prepare, students learn what makes someone an everyday hero. Then, they begin their investigation by reading the narrative biography Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates by Jonah Winter. As they read, they engage in the literacy strategy of determining importance and noting information learned about Clemente to help them hone in on the evidence that supports their consideration of him as an everyday hero. Simultaneously, students learn a range of elements and principles of art as well compositional sources, students read a series of nonfiction texts, adding to what they know about Clemente as an everyday hero. As a culminating event, students share master Clemente Collages in a gallery walk for an invited audience.

 

Newly Added Feature: This Unit's student texts have been translated into Spanish.

 

                

 

Common Core State Standards

Arts for Learning is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language. This Overview describes the scope of the standards and this Quick Reference Guide provides each of the standards fully or partially met within this A4L Unit, followed by the charts that specifically identify the standards addressed in each lesson and step in the Unit. The standards are also coded and listed at the beginning of each lesson in the unit. Arts for Learning also provides a comprehensive student assessment program in each unit. This Assessment Quick Reference Chart indicates an overview of the locations of the tasks to be scored in the unit.
 
Each A4L unit is developed on a common framework and contains a 3-part sequence of instruction that educational research suggests will help students become more self-directed, independent learners. There is a gradual hand-off of responsibility--from teacher to students-- that is supported by assessment and teacher help as needed. Throughout A4L units the arts serve as motive and means to advance reading for meaning and writing thoughtfully.