Overview: This lesson connects visual art through literature and writing via Norman Rockwell prints.
This arts integration lesson aligns to the Common Core Standard for teaching persuasive writing through art. This lesson hits several ELA standards, but we’re focusing on standard CCRA.SL2: integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively and orally.
This is such a wonderful standard for integration because you use it across many different areas – reading, writing, speaking and listening, art, music, drama, science – you name it. We’re also focusing on the Art Standard for choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols and ideas. See how these two standards make such a fantastic natural fit? This is what we’re looking for in an arts integration lesson.
Our main focal point for this lesson lands with the artwork of Norman Rockwell. I started to piece this lesson together from a couple of different source inspirations. The first was as I was working on our upcoming STEAM Ed app (more coming on this exciting project in the next few weeks) and putting in our aligned standards to the Common Core. As soon as I saw this one, I knew I wanted to write a lesson seed for it to put up on EducationCloset.
The second was as I was reading this fascinating article: Why Norman Rockwell Matters. I started thinking about how we use art to persuade people and more importantly, how it persuades people. When you see an advertisement, you are truly reading a persuasive writing piece – the writing is just being represented through the visual art. In essence, a print ad is an arts integration idea come to life. Our minds feast on the visual representation of an idea, which persuades us to find out more information about that product or thought. And today, we’re passing this lesson seed on to you.
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.