Overview: Uses digital media/blogging to create a writing journal that documents student growth.
Today’s Free Friday includes a lesson plan that goes along with our portfolio idea from yesterday. This lesson, aimed at students in grades 2-5, includes a digital component used for STEM initiatives. Plus, the objectives connect to the new writing standards in Common Core. Students create their own Artful Journals and use them to write persuasively on a chosen topic. Using visual art to drive the writing, students gain a richer perspective on their topic and take more ownership of their final product. Have fun!
Susan Riley is the founder and President of EducationCloset.com. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and Arts and the Common Core.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter.