2008


In 2008, the teachers were asked to identify a big idea and essential question to begin their units. The big idea was the main concept that students would know at the end of the unit; the faculty asked participants to think of one idea that they wished students would remember in 20 years. The essential question was a "gateway" to the learning. It had no clear right or wrong answer, but was meant to start students in the process of inquiry.

See units from 2007 here.

(*) Denotes units that include teacher reflections and student work samples

Dance

Intermediate/Middle:

Unit O - Nature symbolism in movement



Music

Intermediate/Middle:

(*) Unit D - General - Composition and haiku
(*) Unit F - General - Music and response to changes in culture
Unit Y - General - Composition exchange

(*) Unit G - Instrumental - Tales of Childhood: comparing middle school band music of Japan and America



Visual Arts

Primary:

(*) Unit A - Handmade art influenced by Japanese daruma
(*) Unit I - Food as art

Intermediate/Middle:

(*) Unit H - Japanese influences on artwork
(*) Unit M - Customs of festivals and celebrations in America and Japan
(*) Unit N - Traditional Japanese folk craft
(*) Unit P - Environmental influences in art
(*) Unit S - Japanese kites
(*) Unit U - Relating furoshiki and its contents to personal identity

Secondary:

(*) Unit B - Japan-influenced portraits
(*) Unit T - Building a reflective altered book




Language Arts

Unit K - Secondary - Nuclear physics, Japanese contemporary film and contemporary poetry

Physics

Unit K - Secondary - Nuclear physics, Japanese contemporary film and contemporary poetry

Social Studies

Unit K - Secondary - Nuclear physics, Japanese contemporary film and contemporary poetry