BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

When I Was Young in the Mountains
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Grade: 6th Grade
Class: Art & English Language Arts
Author: Cheryl McFadden
NYS Content Area Standard:
The Arts:
Standard 1: Creating, Performing, and Participating in the Arts
Standard 2: Knowing and Using Arts Materials & Resources
Standard 3: Responding to and Analyzing Works of Art
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
English Language Arts:
Standard 2: Language for Literary Response and Expression
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Culture & The ArtsHuman History
Keywords: books, illustrations
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: What's it like to grow up in the Adirondack Mountains?
Context:

Students will work with their Art and English teachers, and artist Sheri Amsel, in order to learn the vocabulary and skills necessary to write, edit, design, and illustrate a book. They will read "When I Was Young in the Mountains" by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Diane Goode and examine several illustrated books to identify a variety of layout possibilities for text and pictures.

Note from author: Twenty four English periods in classroom for the purpose of writing and editing the story.  Eight 40 minute periods in Art researching, sketching and illustrating the book including the cover art.  During the first stages of developing the book, the class will be visited by Sheri Amsel, a published Adirondack author and illustrator, to gain insight and inspiration.  Sheri will discuss aspects of design and give suggestions for improvement of the students' work. She will show examples of layout, and explain the process of working with an editor and having a book published.  She will also give instruction on drawing Adirondack plants and wildlife.

The Challenge:

Create a book based on a series of autobiographical episodes that tell about growing up in the Adirondack Mountains. Use colored pencils to illustrate the various parts of the book.

See attached examples of student work.

An Arts Forever Wild II, NYSCA "Artist-in-Residence" challenge.

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Quality Standards:
  • Use and understand the vocabulary associated with writing, editing, designing and illustrating a book (dummy book, publisher, editor, illustrator, illustration, laout, open composition, closed composition, focal point, emphasis)
  • Explain and demonstrate basic compositional techniques for arranging text and pictures
  • Choose arrangements of elements that best serve the needs to their book
  • Plan and execute illustrations with minimal assistance
  • Use a layering technique with colored pencils
  • Create appropriate cover & title page for book

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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Use and understand the vocabulary associated with writing, editing, designing and illustrating a book (dummy book, publisher, editor, illustrator, illustration, laout, open composition, closed composition, focal point, emphasis)

Explain and demonstrate basic compositional techniques for arranging text and pictures

Choose arrangements of elements that best serve the needs to their book

Plan and execute illustrations with minimal assistance

Use a layering technique with colored pencils

Create appropriate cover & title page for book

Assemble and complete book by the assigned deadline

Book is based on personal experiences

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