Signature Assignment: Thematic Unit Planning [due Mon]
- A thematic unit is the organization of curriculum around a central theme that includes a series of lessons that integrate different subjects all while tying into the main theme of the unit. When designing an arts-integrated thematic unit, it takes time and focused planning to find the connections between the academic subject and arts that will enhance and deepen student learning.
In this 2-part assignment, you will plan a 1-week unit that focuses on the academic area of your choice (e.g., language arts, mathematics, science, etc.) and integrates technology and visual or performing arts. Your unit must include 3 lessons with learning activities and provide varying styles of formative assessment.
Complete Part 1 and 2 below.
Part 1: Unit and Lessons Outline
Create a 525- to 700-word outline for your unit. Complete the following in your outline:
- Identify the early childhood age level and academic subject of focus for the unit.
- Describe the overarching theme for the unit.
- Summarize the 3 lessons in the unit, to include:
- Topics and learning objectives
- Learning activities to support the academic subject and the arts being integrated
- Technology incorporated
- Explain the assessments that will be used, to include:
- Formative assessment options for each lesson (must vary in delivery)
- Summative assessment options for the unit
- Present a way for the children to display or perform the art they created.
- Part 2: Unit Justification
Write a 275- to 350-word justification for your unit. Complete the following in your justification:
- Explain the relevance of each lesson to the overarching unit theme.
- Explain how technology and visual or performing arts enhanced student understanding and deepened student learning.
- Explain how the unit and lessons are developmentally appropriate for the early childhood age level.
- Compile the following for submission:
- Unit and Lessons Outline
- Unit Justification
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