BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM
|Cure Cottage Storybooks
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|Grade: 4th - 8th
Class: Art Class
Retired - Madrid-Waddington Central School
|NYS Content Area Standard:
Standard 1: Creating, Performing, and Participating in the Arts
Standard 4: Understanding the Cultural Dimensions and Contributions of the Arts
|NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
History of the United States and New York
|Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Art 1: use the elements and principles of art to communicate specific meanings to others in their art work (c)
Art 4: create art works that reflect a particular historical period of a culture (c).
SS 1: investigate key turning points in New York State and United States history and explain why these events or developments are significant
ELA 2:Language for literary response and expression
|Keywords: Saranac Lake, tuberculosis, cure cottages, storybooks, book illustration|
|Investigative Question or Issue: How can you tell a story about cure cottages in Saranac Lake?|
This challenge is being designed for Art classes, but it will work best as an interdisciplianry project. Students should participate in a lesson about the history of curing in Saranac Lake (such as Saranac Lake Cure Cottage) prior to starting this challenge. Resources: Historic Saranac Lake, Historic Saranac Lake Wiki Site, and "Cure Cottages of Saranac Lake", by Phil Gallos.
As written, this challenge includes getting a local photographer to participate as a resource, providing an opportunity for students to learn abut photography as a career. Mark Kurtz, of Saranac Lake, will be used for this project. It might also be very useful to bring an author of children's books in as a resource. Two Adirondack authors who have done many projects in the schools are Liza Frenette and Sheri Amsel. Another local author, who could give tips on interviewing people, is Caperton Tissot.
Since this challenge involves writing a story, it would also be beneficial for students to do a lesson in their English Language Arts classes where they might analyze a children's story book to learn what important elements need to be included. Then after their introductory art class activities, perhaps the ELA teacher could help the students write the stories they plan to use in the creation of their own original storybooks. Liza Frenette, a children's book author with local ties, is a possible resource to use.
A number of digital cameras need to be available for student use, and the capacity to download images to a computer in order to view and print them. Access to computers for research and printing the stories is also desirable.
Create a children's book (for young readers) that tells a historically accurate story about Cure Porches and curing in Saranac Lake.
Suggested Steps and Timeline:
Some of these may be modified by the teacher(s), based on the grade level and abilities of their students, and available resources. It is suggested that book pages could be 11x17 pieces of paper, folded in half.
Each story book, whether created by an individual or a team should meet the following standards:
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Story book needs
Story needs to be original, with a beginning, middle, and end.
Story needs to be written for a beginning reader.
Story must include at least 3 accurate facts about curing in Saranac Lake, but can have other fictional elements and be about fictional characters
The story must contain 1 bit of information gathered from interviewing family or neighbors.
Illustrations (photos and/or paintings or drawings) should relate to the story. At least one must show a cure porch.
Text for the finished prouct should be typed and printed from a computer, then pasted onto a book page along with the illustrations.
Finished story books need to be shared with a younger child.
Books completed on time.
Artwork or writing or helping others above and beyond what is expected.
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