Art and Writing (6 - 8)

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6 , 7 , 8
Visual Art English Social Studies
Grade Level Program Alignment
1 60 min
1 hour tour (plus travel) in addition to lessons taught by classroom, Art, and/or World Language teachers. These lessons are "a la carte" in the Curriculum Resource workbook and range in length from 90-120 minutes.
Offsite Tour Offsite Tour with curriculum provided for in-classroom instruction by teachers.

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103
Teachers may sign up at any time. Tour dates TBD In-School + Offsite,
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The museum will mail hard copies of the curriculum resource workbook, which includes 3 units (15 lesson plans total), student worksheets, posters, and USB drives at no cost. Teachers will receive a Teacher Discovery Pass, a one-time free pass to the museum to use before their class tour. Limited free busing is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
Materials vary depending on the lessons selected by teachers. The lessons are designed around common classroom materials. No materials are required for museum tour.

I can connect works of art to personal and/or cultural experiences.
I can use works of art to inspire written compositions.
Art and Writing is a middle school-level art and literacy program that connects Social Studies, English Language Arts, Fine Arts, and World Languages (Spanish, French and Classics). Participating teachers receive a Curriculum Resource workbook that features 3 units that each include: 3 Social Studies/ELA lesson plans, 1 Art lesson plan, and 1 World Language lesson plan. It is our hope that grade level teams will work together across disciplines to implement some or all of the unit(s). The rich array of writing and art-making activities are designed to inspire and strengthen student writing skills as they deepen students' understanding and appreciation for art and art history. Each of the 3 program themes is designed to complement state curricula for grades 6, 7 and 8. Participating teachers can opt to complete the full curriculum (3 units in total), one full unit, or pick and choose lessons a la carte. Unit themes are: Mythology People and their Environments American Identity The program consists of a tour at the museum led by museum docents. When booking the adjoining tour, teachers select from one of the unit themes to base the tour around. Teachers who sign up for Art & Writing 6-8 will receive a curriculum resource book that includes an a la carte selection of classroom lessons that are to be implemented by Social Studies/English, Art, and/or World Language teachers (or all!) prior to the accompanying museum visit. The curriculum was designed with Social Studies, English Language Arts, Fine Art, and World Language teachers in mind, but it may be relevant to other subject areas. It is our hope that grade level teams will work together to implement the lessons across subject matters. Curricula and posters of the artwork are provided.
Teachers may sign up for the program now and will receive printed curriculum and materials beforehand. When booking a tour, let us know which of the 3 themes you want your tour based aroud.

Reservations must be made at least three weeks in advance of desired visit. All school visits must have a confirmed appointment. Call (860) 838-4046 or email tours@thewadsworth.org to book Art & Writing (Grades 6-8) today.

Free busing is provided for this program on a first-come, first-served basis. Hartford Public Schools: FREE for students and chaperones.

Teachers receive the Teacher Curriculum Resource workbook, posters, and USB of program images upon booking their tour. Please be sure to specify which theme you would like for your tour.
Chaperones accompany students in the galleries while monitoring the behavior of students and must remain with students at all times. There is no additional cost for chaperones. Chaperone guidelines are provided by the museum upon booking.

Grade 6

Grade 6 Writing Standards: Production and Distribution of Writing: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Grade 6: Speaking and Listening Standards: Comprehension and Collaboration: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Grade 6: Visual Arts: Connecting: Anchor Standard 10: Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art: Generate a collection of ideas reflecting current interests and concerns that could be investigated in artmaking

Grade 7

Grade 7: Civics: Civic and Political Institutions: CIV 6"“7.1 Explain specific roles played by citizens (such as voters, jurors, taxpayers, members of the armed forces, petitioners, protesters, and officeholders).
Grade 7: Writing Standards: Text Types and Purposes: Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Grade 7: Visual Arts: Creating: Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work: Apply visual organizational strategies to design and produce a work of art, design, or media that clearly communicates information or ideas.

Grade 8

Grade 8: History: Change, Continuity and Context: HIST 8.2 Classify series of historical events and developments as examples of change and/or continuity.
Grade 8: History: Perspectives: HIST 8.5 Analyze how people"s perspectives influenced what information is available in the historical sources they created.
Grade 8: Visual Arts: Creating: Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work: Demonstrate willingness to experiment, innovate, and take risks to pursue ideas, forms, and meanings that emerge in the process of artmaking or designing.