Assignment: Incorporating the Conference into Your Classroom
Select one (or more) works of art from the Picturing America portfolio and consider how you might incorporate the image(s) into the classroom.
First tell us about your classroom (subject, grade, levels). What is the general subject of this class and how do you usually cover the material? (Limit your discussion of the course to no more than an introductory paragraph not exceeding half a double spaced, typed page)
Then tell us about a work from the Picturing America collection that would complement and/or expand your teaching. Tell us about the work, noting the creator, title, date, and historical as well as cultural context. (Limit this material to no more than a paragraph not exceeding half a double spaced, typed page)
Spend the rest of your introduction on how you might present the work to your students. How would incorporating the work of art into your class presentation expand, alter and/or enrich what you might otherwise have communicated about your broader subject?
Next, prepare an assignment for students in a specific class that you are teaching that employed (employs) any of the techniques and materials covered in the Sessions and Workshops 1-6 of the Picturing America conference. You should design and implement a draft of this assignment during the Fall 2011 and be able to share your experience with this project when we meet in January 2012.
The specific format and content of your assignment is completely up to you. In your discussion of the assignment, its parameters, and (where possible) your implementation of it, be sure to include answers to all the following questions:
1. What was the goal of this assignment?
2. How did you instruct students in looking at the work of art (extended observation, interpretation, supported observation, speculation, etc.)?
3. How did you employ a technique or practice demonstrated by the presenters?
4. If applicable, what follow-up research, writing, project, presentation, or other work did you require of students?
5. How did you evaluate their work?
Email your assignment idea and/or prototype (and, if possible, a rubric), along with a picture of the work of art you have chosen to the Project Directors (email@example.com
) by January 20, 2012 (if file size too large to email contact Project Directors and bring flash drive with necessary materials to conference on January 28). We will make copies to share with all the participants the following week. Whenever possible, please bring samples of student work to our gathering on January 28, 2012.