BENEFITING: Harford County Education Foundation
The funds from this grant would assist EDES in raising language arts test scores and also align to the school improvement plan of introducing arts integration as a tool for increasing student success in core subject areas, such as language arts. Arts Integration is a rigorous teaching strategy that helps students understand complex and multifaceted subjects through the process of art making and creative expression. Through the art of book making, students in grades k-5 will create works of art that will express the most important thing that they want others to know about them. Students will have the unique opportunity to be authors and illustrators, all while engaging in higher level thinking through writing and drawing. This new project will serve every student in grades k-5. Each student in the school will have the opportunity to write, illustrate, and build their very own artist book. Kindergarten students will create “All About Me” books from paper bags, collage, and printmaking methods. Students will use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic. This project directly aligns with the common core state standard, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.2. First grade students will create pop-up books about what they look like, their family members, and cultural traditions. Students will write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure. This project directly aligns with the common core state standard, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.2 Second grade students will create pocket books based on cause (cultural, environmental, or family influence) and effect (personal identity trait) with clay relief sculptures. With guidance and support from adults and peers, students will focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing. This project directly aligns with the common core state standard, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.2.5. Third grade will focus on symbols, making inferences, and drawing conclusions. They will use metaphors to describe themselves through making foil embossed books. Students will demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in word meanings. This project directly aligns with the common core state standard, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.5. Fourth grade students will create books based on identity (individual, collective, and cultural) and how it is shaped by perspective (and vice-versa). Students will use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, and reading. This project directly aligns with the common core state standard, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.3. Fifth grade students will describe identity through visual and written language in their flag-style book with clay relief sculptures and writing bio-poems. Students will introduce a topic clearly, provide a general observation and focus, and group related information logically; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension. This project directly aligns with the common core state standard, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2.a.