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New York State Learning Standards & New York City Department of Education Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts

New York State Learning Standards

Social Studies

Standard 1: History of the United States and New York

Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, themes, developments and turning points in the history of the United States and New York.

Standard 3: Geography

Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the geography of the interdependent world in which we live—local, national, and global—including the distribution of people, places, and environments over the Earth’s surface.

English language Arts

Standard 1:  Students will read, write, listen and speak for information and understanding.

As listeners and readers, students will collect data, facts, and ideas; discover relationships, concepts, and generalizations; and use knowledge generated from oral, written, and electronically produced texts.  As speakers and writers, they will use oral and written language to acquire, interpret, apply, and transmit information.

The Arts

Standard 4: Understanding the Cultural Contributions of the Arts

Students will develop an understanding of the personal and cultural forces that shape artistic communication and how the arts in turn shape the diverse cultures of past and present society.   

NYC DOE Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts

Making Connections Through Visual Arts Benchmark: Students recognize the societal, cultural, and historical significance of art; connect the visual arts to other disciplines; apply the skills and knowledge learned in visual arts to interpreting the world.

Developing Art Literacy Benchmark:  Students hone observation skills and discuss works of art; develop visual arts vocabulary to describe art making, the tools and techniques used to produce art, and the elements and principles of design; read and write about art to reinforce literary skills; interpret artwork by providing evidence to support assertions; reflect on the process of making art.