All points of arts integration -- from implementation in the classroom and engaging students, to linking the arts with core curriculum -- are covered in this roundup of useful Edutopia blogs, articles, and videos.
Originally Published: April 16, 2013 | Updated: July 20, 2015
By distilling research, writing, and acting into ten-minute plays for an authentic audience, students turn a U.S. history unit into a personally relevant experience. For another great idea about merging history and the arts, read David Cutler's Over the Rainbow: History Through a Pop Music Lens.
Werberger, a high school history and humanities teacher, shares a lesson plan for incorporating classical Greek drama into a project-based learning unit, and folding kinesthetic learning into a study of history and language.
Riley, an arts-integration specialist, looks at some of the ways that teaching with the arts can meet and enhance Common Core requirements. For more on how to align arts-integrated lessons to the Common Core, read these other blog posts on Edutopia:
By viewing films through the filter of character development, students can understand how traits and mindsets so often influence the choices that people make. Also, check out Merle Huerta's Through the Lens of Filmmaking for ideas to use filmmaking as a teaching tool.
Elias writes about the connection between music, learning, retaining information, and emotional development. Another great Edutopia resource for music in academics is the video Music and Dance Drive Academic Achievement.
Block reflects on the innate human ability for creative expression and shares six arts integration strategies through which he helps his students understand that they, too, are artists. To learn more about how to create classroom environments that facilitate creative expression, check out the following blog posts, and visit Edutopia’s Creativity page:
From the pedagogy of educational theorists and design thinkers to the passion of tinkers and hobbyists, the Maker movement finds its way into mainstream education. Read more about how educators are harnessing the energy of the maker movement to fuel student exploration across multiple subjects, including the arts, by visiting Edutopia’s Maker Education page.
Vogelsinger shares five of the tools he's used to integrate daily poetry into his ninth-grade English class, including strategies from Billy Collins, Garrison Keillor, and a refrigerator magnet app. To explore more tools and websites related to supporting the integration of poetry with technology, take a look at these other blog posts:
Whether you're looking for resources on integrating science, technology, engineering, and math or on infusing the arts to transform STEM into STEAM, this curated compilation will help you strategize around different approaches to integrated studies.
Miller looks at the enhanced possibilities of using 21st-century skills to engage students with real-world challenges through combining the pedagogical model of PBL with the rich content area of STEAM.
Partnerships with local arts organizations can bring much-needed resources to your schools without much cost, and can provide students with new outlets for creativity and ways to develop essential critical thinking and collaboration skills. For more information on how to pursue collaborations that support arts integration, you may also want to read Joshua Block’s Creating Successful Collaborations.
Dance in science, pop art in Spanish, or photography in math -- there’s no end to the ways arts can be integrated into other curricula. Educators from Bates Middle School, in Annapolis, Maryland, share arts-integrated lessons and resources that you can use in your school.