This week’s featured lesson from ArtsEdge, the Kennedy Center’s educational media site, explores how using different art forms can assist building connections to social sciences and cultural studies. This is an extra exciting feature because this fall Mississippi Teaching Artist Stephanie Artz will be presenting workshop on Saturday, August 20th that will demonstrate how to use dance and movement to connect to social sciences. Check out some of their other Fact Sheets on their How To section.
Bring the Culture in! Celebrate the unique heritage of your students by bringing the arts into your classroom’s observances of cultural heritage months.
- Music Learn songs from the cultures you’re celebrating, listen to representative music, or study composers and musicians from the target cultures.
- Dance Watch and try traditional dance forms from the cultures you’re teaching. Learn about the histories and significance of the dance forms, and discover the ways in which they have enriched the culture in which we live.
- Visual Arts Research artists from the culture you are celebrating and introduce them to your students. Adapt a traditional art form for a classroom art project.
- Theater Look into the theater traditions of the featured culture. Note how a culture’s heritage is reflected in their dramatic writings, stage productions, and acting techniques.
- Literature Read traditional or modern literature from the culture you are celebrating. Perform selected works in a month-end festival.
The arts can enrich heritage month studies and broaden your students’ understanding of the variety of cultures that make up our nation.