ERIC Number: ED392066
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Creating Legends for the Future: Linking Art & Literature into Language Arts Instruction and Teacher Training.
Erwin, Barbara; And Others
A group of teacher trainers and artists developed a thematic unit designed to introduce elementary school children and preservice teachers to the Sioux Indians. The art and literature mediums chosen for the unit were the "Dream Catcher" and the Iktomi story. The instructional sequence incorporated visuals, explanation, and discussion to develop knowledge of cultural content, text structure, and author's style; allowed for the application of understanding through writing and art; provided a mechanism for review and evaluation; and offered the children the opportunity to share their work with others. A series of seven activities were planned and taught to develop the competencies established for the unit of study. The unit was first taught to a class of fourth graders. To evaluate children's understanding of the information provided in the unit, activities were completed that involved developing an understanding of another culture, appreciating art of another culture, and refining ability to read and write. Since the initial development and teaching of the unit, the process has been incorporated into the teacher training programs of two separate universities. (Appendixes present a list of the six objectives of the unit, a figure which illustrates Bloom's taxonomy and its relation to multicultural discipline-based art education, a time line, webbing diagrams on the use of buffalo parts and on a trickster tale, a list of Sioux symbols, instructions for a related art project, instructions for making amulets, more Sioux symbols, instructions for the KWL strategy, and a chart comparing children's stories to characteristics of Trickster stories.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Texas State Reading Association (Houston, TX, March 2-5, 1995).