Common core and the arts: Researching and painting our environment

In this unit, Arts and the Common Core: Researching and Painting Our Environment, students create a painting inspired by their environment. They will learn how artists are inspired by their environment and how they use different techniques to represent different elements of the environment. Students will reflect on their observations and process through various expository, descriptive, and persuasive writing activities. This unit is for the elementary school level.

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Reading R.10 Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.Reading R.11 Respond to literature by employing knowledge of literary language, textual features, and forms to read and comprehend, reflect upon, and interpret literary texts from a variety of genres and a wide spectrum of American and world cultures.Reading R.1 Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.Reading R.2 Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.Reading R.3 Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text. Reading R.4 Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone. Reading R.5 Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.Reading R.6 Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.Reading R.7 Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.Reading R.8 Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.Reading R.9 Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.Speaking and Listening SL.1 Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.Speaking and Listening SL.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.Speaking and Listening SL.3 Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.Speaking and Listening SL.4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.Speaking and Listening SL.5 Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.Speaking and Listening SL.6 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.Writing W.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiencesWriting W.11 Develop personal, cultural, textual, and thematic connections within and across genres as they respond to texts through written, digital, and oral presentations, employing a variety of media and genres.Writing W.1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.Writing W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.Writing W.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, wellchosen details, and well-structured event sequences.Writing W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.Writing W.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.Writing W.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.Writing W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.Writing W.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.Writing W.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
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