Big Ideas in Arts Education: Grades 6-9 Inquiry Units

Big Ideas in Arts Education: 6-9 Project Overview

This video explains how a committee of teachers from Living Sky School Division came together to create units to support selected outcomes in Arts Education Grades 6-9.

Beyond Words. Assessment

The types of assessments used in the Beyond Words: Creating Symbolic Sculptures unit are explained.

Beyond Words. The Process

How the unit was planned and the goals for expanding students' artistic thinking are briefly discussed.

Beyond Words. Big Ideas

The four big ideas incorporated into the Beyond Words visual art unit are outlined.

Art Can Change the World. Assessment

The types of assessment used in this unit are explained, such as: self-assessment using photographs, peer assessment, a storyboard rubric and a tableau rubric.

Art Can Change the World. The Process

This video discusses how student collaboration can bring out the talents in each student and make everyone feel comfortable expressing their ideas, including performing in front of other people.

Art Can Change the World. Big Ideas

The big ideas contained in the unit are highlighted: art can open minds, art can evoke emotion and art can convey a message.

Say It Through Dance. Assessment

This video highlights how student conversations can be an important tool in assessment.

Say It Through Dance. The Process

This video explains how students can become comfortable with dance and experiment with it as a form of expression.

Say It Through Dance. Big Ideas

This video explores the big ideas that the unit is designed to convey, such as: art needs a purpose, using dance to interpret text and the interconnectedness of all forms of art.

Show Don't Tell. Assessment

This video explains how students can be empowered in their learning if they understand how they will be assessed.

Show Don't Tell. Big Ideas

This video highlights key ideas in the unit, including: theatre is collaborative and drama is a method to convey a message.

The Beat Goes On. Assessment

This video emphasizes the contributions students can make to developing the assessments used in a unit.

The Beat Goes On. Big Ideas

This video points out how the big ideas of the unit focus on music as a way to convey culture and place.

Problem Solving Portraits. Assessment

This video highlights the types of assessment that are part of this unit, such as: journaling, checklists and various types of rubrics.

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