Ladies and Gentlemen, right this way for a Common Core Connected Circus-Themed Writing and Art experience! Create a circus Alexander Calder style, and learn how to write an introduction with a ringmaster’s voice! An emphasis on creativity in both art and writing! Focus on voice and word choice to introduce your very own circus act! Detailed lesson plan and printable template for circus writing included. This project would go along with an Artist Study of Alexander Calder or any circus-related book or classroom activity. Great book and website references also included!
This activity is part of an Alexander Calder Artist Study, which is a portion of our complete Artist Biography Unit.
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Artist Studies about the following artists: Michelangelo,
Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Alexander Calder,
Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and Andy Goldsworthy.
Learning experiences are directly correlated with the Common Core State Standards:
Reading Informational Text
1. Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
2. Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
10. With prompting and support, read informational texts appropriately complex for grade 1.
3. Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
CCSS Writing Standards
2. Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
3. Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.
5. With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.
7. Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of “how to” books on a given topic and use them to write a sequence of instructions).
8. With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
1. Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
2. Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud information presented orally or through other media.
3. Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to gather information or clarify something that is not understood.
4. Describe people, places, things and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.
CCSS Language Standards
Conventions of Standard English
1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
5. With guidance and support from adults, demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings.