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Artful Learning By: Francesco Merenda

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Artful LearningBy:

Francesco Merenda

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• Significant Questions for Students

• How can the past truly affect our future?

• Do both the past and future have more in common than we think?

• Events from the past tie into our modern times and shape our future. Will this always be the case?

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• Students will focus on the Incas, Aztecs and Mayans from the Indigenous tribes of South/Central America.

• Students will create a collage of pictures that relate their certain tribe with modern day architecture that reflects those original works.

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• Students will work in groups to complete the project as well as write a 3-page paper on the dynamics of previous architecture and its effect on modern day work.

• The final step will be to have students present their work to their classmates and describe in detail the particular tribes contributions to modern day architecture and its effect on various cultures in the world today.

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• What new ideas do you have about the architecture that you didn’t have before?

• How can we utilize the architecture from the past to help us with new creations?

• Do you believe that our modern architecture will be used moving forward into the future and will our architecture ever be thought of as ancient? Why?

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Illinois State Foreign Language Learning Standards

• 29.B.1a Identify one or more art forms (e.g., Japanese origami, Spanish flamenco) representative of areas where the target language is spoken.

• 29.E.2 Use maps, charts, digital images, graphs and other geographic representations to describe and discuss the countries where the target language is spoken.

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Common Core State Standards

• CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.2• Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas,

concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content. Students will have to use their research information to create a paper for assessment.

• CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.7• Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a

question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation. Students will have to be able to use each other to conduct research and obtain information.

• CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.8• Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital

sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation. Students will have to use different sources to find information.

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Common Core State Standards


• Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. Students will have to collaborate to complete the given project.


• Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. Needs to be utilized for group work and the final paper that will be written.

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• Mayans

• http://latinamericanhistory.about.com/od/Maya/p/Ancient-Maya-Architecture.htm

• Aztecs

• https://www.courses.psu.edu/anth/anth008_cmg149/aztec.html

• Incas

• http://incas.mrdonn.org/index.html