'We the People...'

Art Discipline: Interdisciplinary

How has the Constitution developed the idea of what it means to be an American? Is an 8th grade Project Based learning which explores the United States Constitution through four lenses of study. Students will focus on the United States Constitution through verbal, visual and written communication through the semester long driving question: How has the Constitution developed the idea of what it means to be an American? This 8th grade PBL will integrate the language of our collective and historical cultures through digital, storytelling, photography and painting. The end goal is for students to think critically and deeply about how the US Constitution has shaped us and formed our collective identity as Americans. Our Colorado Arts Partnership Grant request is to fund 2-4 workshops with our 8th graders through the learning lens of the Constitution, Civil War and Reconstruction. The students will write a personal narrative for their culminating work addressing the guiding question: How has the Constitution developed MY idea of what it means to be an American? Students will take their learning from the storytelling workshops with Donnie Betts as well as learning from Ethan Bach and Bob Campagna to tell their own story of what it means to be an American. Our outline below illustrates the learning pathways students will engage during the 8th grade Project Based Learning.

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