Are you looking to integrate the arts into your literacy block? Or to incorporate African American artists and history into your lessons? Or simply just test out some project-based learning for 2018? Here's an ELA unit for you to use that does it all.
This unit is a standards-based study of artist Romare Bearden in combination with the book Me & Uncle Romie: A Story Inspired by the Life and Art of Romare Bearden, by Claire Hartfield. This unit emphasizes process over product. After guided exploration through the use of the Metropolitan Museum of Arts's online tool, "Let's Walk the Block", students create a collage in the style of Romare Bearden’s “The Block” that depicts a block in their neighborhood.
All files are linked in the outline of the unit. In addition, links to descriptions of each strategy/resource are provided.
Dyan Branstetter, 2018