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home > teaching & workshops > Workshops for Schools and Professional Development Workshops for Teachers > Program: Offering: Across Cultures


A. Program Title:

"Across Cultures"

English Language Arts, Foreign Language, and Visual Art Integrated Learning Activity

B. Program Description:

In what part of the world do you live? What do you experience? What do you believe? What is important to you? By comparing and contrasting the works of writers and visual artists from a variety of cultures, students explore how cultural, personal and world events directly influence a writer’s or visual artist’s ideas, audience and purpose for creating. Choosing a cross-cultural, common theme, students create a work of art to visually communicate their ideas about that theme. Students learn about the works of Käthe Kollwitz, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Ranier Maria Rilke, Langston Hughes and Antonio Machachdo, among others.

C. Program Length:

Professional Development Workshop for Teachers ~ 2 ½ to 3 Hours

Student Residency ~ Negotiated based upon classroom teacher(s) participation

D. Maximum Audience Size: 25

E. Available Dates: All year

F. Grade Level: Middle School and High School, and Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

G. Curriculum Correlation:

Foreign Language: 1. Communication: Communicate in languages other than English 3. Connections: Connect with other disciplines and acquire information 4. Comparisons: Develop insight into the nature of language and culture

Visual Arts
2. Creative Expression and Communication
3. Analyzing and Responding
4. Valuing the Arts/Aesthetic Reflection
5. Connections, Relationships and Applications

English Language Arts
3. Reading Process: Concepts of Print
6. Writing Process
10. Communications: Oral and Visual

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