ERIC Number: ED441648
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Nov-14
From Shop to Shakespeare: Interdisciplinary Instruction at Auburn High School, Riner, Virginia.
Bull, Steve; Sauter, Jerry; Harris, Kevan; Sumner, Bonnie; Jervis, Charles; Miller, Bob; Turner, Pat
This paper provides an overview of the interdisciplinary program at Auburn High School, a small high school in Riner, Virginia, and describes a recent schoolwide project to construct an Elizabethan gazebo and Shakespeare garden. To develop interdisciplinary units, the teachers begin by brainstorming ideas, looking for overlapping content. The next step is the more formal process of planning the unit, considering whether it will be thematic or process-oriented, how it fits into each teacher's area, and what resources are needed. Student assessment is also planned at this time, followed by the final stage of deciding specifics about timing and each teacher's role. The advantages of the interdisciplinary model include development of students' higher order thinking skills, enrichment of intergenerational connections, full inclusion of special education students, use of multiple modalities and intelligences, incorporation of several academic standards in one project, and fostering of cooperative learning among teachers and students. A typical interdisciplinary unit is described from the student's perspective. During 1998-99, the students planned and constructed a timber-frame Tudor-style gazebo and planted an Elizabethan "bowknot" garden around it. The project included English, history, science, carpentry and cabinet making, horticulture, and drafting classes. The completed structure and gardens will be used as an outdoor classroom and as a location for a Renaissance Faire, receptions, and ceremonies. Appendices include plans for the gazebo and garden and guidelines for interdisciplinary projects. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National High School Association (5th, Monterey, CA, November 12-14, 1999).