Fine Arts at PES
January, 2019: Students are learning the history of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and how his legacy affects them today. This unit of cultural, social studies based learning provides incredible opportunities to enhance student understanding through the fine arts standards.
Music Students listen to the words of Dr. King’s recorded speeches and then observe a performance of a choir that performs the song “We Shall Overcome”...putting the words of Martin Luther King into music. Students identify thematic elements of music (as well as tempo, pitch, volume, etc.) and learn to perform this piece of music.
Music And Dance Students recall learned rhythm and use their bodies to create a steady beat to accompany the chanting and singing of some of MLK, Jr.’s speeches and music.
Drama Students watch a live actor reenactment of Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. Students discuss the passion with which speeches are given that are meant to inspire. Students brainstorm dreams...particularly dreams that young people can have to change the world. Students then stand together to perform a “beat poetry” rendition of “I Have A Dream” using choral speaking and individual performing to speak their dreams as part of a poem.
Visual Arts Students use learned art elements of line and space to use filter paper to trace an outline of Martin Luther King. The students work quietly, thinking of using their art as a statement. Once they complete the outline silhouette they are free to use choice and expression to add detail with color, and encouraged to recall words from Dr. King’s speeches to add detail and meaning to their work.
*because this particular unit is related to a holiday and all grade levels are incorporating it into study - each class lesson was modified for age level to varying degrees of independence and student/teacher engagement.