Community Connection

Essential Question: What is a community?

artworks to discuss

connects to ELA, Social Studies, Writing

Connects to Social Justice Standards

connects to National Core Art Standards

flexible materials and delivery

In “Community Connection” students are asked to think about and define their communities; through a series of prompts they grow their understanding of and connect more deeply with the other members of said community. 

In this integrated project pack, we explore the question, “What is a community?” through four key ideas:

  1. We all have unique ’emotional maps’ of our communities, which include places that are important to us, often for reasons that are based on our personal experience.
  2. Individuals are complex, and there are different ways that community members will experience similar things. By communicating our experiences we can come to a fuller understanding of our community.
  3. By asking questions, we can foster dialogue among disparate groups and make sure that everyone within a community is heard.
  4. ‘A group’ is a collection of people, but a ‘community’ is a unique collection of people who share a common interest, background, or purpose that gives them a sense of cohesion

Each key idea includes a learning segment where students build knowledge and deepen their understanding of a topic area.

A second segment features artworks that support learning and deepen students’ understanding of the diverse ways the idea can be approached.

And finally, each key idea also includes an art project that connects everything together and encourages students to do so in a way that is personally and culturally relevant to them.

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