Mineral Springs Middle School is dedicated to arts integration. A language arts teacher and a visual art teacher collaborate on a project where students will create place settings for characters in a book. Students deepen their understanding of subject matter when asked to depict what they learned in another class.
Students discuss the common themes and character development in "The Weirdo." The teachers ask the students to create place settings inspired by Judy Chicago's exhibit "The Dinner Party."
Students represent characters in "The Weirdo" through their place settings using a wide range of mediums. The art class focuses on the children learning how to visualize read information.
Students explain what they were trying to portray in their place settings about the characters of "The Weirdo." The teachers find the project successful and want to collaborate again soon.
Credits: Revealing Character
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A language arts teacher and a visual art teacher ask 8th graders to demonstrate their understanding of a novel's characters by creating unusual ceramic place settings.
Length: 29 minutes
Copyright date: ©2005
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