Arts and the Common Core
Unit Plans
These Unit Plans are provided for teachers of the arts as sample curricula models that promote student achievement in the arts and the Common Core.  This student achievement is evidenced in performances, works of art and projects. These units also evaluate the effectiveness of instruction by closely examining and assessing student work and artifacts. The larger goal of these units is to demonstrate the alignment of arts instruction with other Common Core instructional shifts where appropriate and authentic.

Elementary School- Bringing History to Life Through Dance: Dancing the Underground Railroad
Middle School- Haiku Choreography
High School- West African Dance and Spatial Design

Elementary School- Exploring Soundscapes
Middle School- Exploring the Life and Work of John Philip Sousa
High School- Zion's Walls/Pentatonic Melodies

Elementary School- Puppetry
Middle School- Improvisation
High School- Original Monologue Production

Elementary School- Researching and Painting Our Environment
Middle School- Printmaking: History and Exploration of Techniques
High School- Drawing: Transforming Figures in a Setting into Geometric Forms


New York City Department of EducationOffice of Arts and Special Projects • 52 Chambers St, Rm 205, NY, NY 10007 • 212-356-8574• Fax: 212-356-7562

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