Reflection: Complex Tasks Brainstorming Ideas For Art Piece For Final Project - Section 2: Brainstorming Review


As a language arts teacher, I'm always torn on these projects in which students create art pieces, visuals or movies. I think they can be a fantastic way for students to express their understanding and analytical thinking skills, however, many of these final projects are not directly stated in the Common Core. The question then becomes, what do we do as teachers? Do we allow students to do what we as teachers works best for them? Do we ignore our students creative and technical abilities and focus solely on the Common Core?

I think it's a matter of timing in the year, and more importantly, what are they take-aways from a multi-step project like this. Projects need to have an end result that shows what students have learned or their thinking. A project like this does just that. While many students are focusing on the final art piece, there is some writing involved. Many teacher classrooms are all about projects and the writing gets thrown out the window. I think it's a matter of finding a way for students to be engaged in the process of both.

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Brainstorming Ideas For Art Piece For Final Project

Unit 11: Independent Reading II
Lesson 4 of 9

Objective: SWBAT think critically about novels they have read in order to determine ideas for final book projects.

Big Idea: Listing ideas for a final art piece to figure out the best option.

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