Exhibit Guide to Student Work at National Conference 2017
AN ILLUSTRATED AND ANNOTATED GUIDE TO SWANC— THE STUDENT WORK DISPLAYED AT EL NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2017 IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.
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Raising Awareness: The 6th Mass Extinction
After studying human impacts on biodiversity and the possibility of a 6th Mass Extinction, students learned about different types of environmentalists, including scientists, conservationist, activists, and art activists, and figured out where they fit in the mix. They created a collaborative art awareness performance each spotlighting a threatened or endangered species from a particular biome.
“Are We There Yet?” Reflections on Classic and Modern Dystopia
Students read and analyzed dystopia stories. Works included Brave New World, Animal Farm, 1984, and Harrison Bergeron. Students were given a choice of writing an article or a story. They then shifted into workshop mode and generated artwork to accompany the written pieces.
The student work, Seed Scents, was a part of the Learning Expedition, “Pollinators! I’ll Bee Back.” Throughout the expedition, students built research skills and science knowledge through a study of the secret world of plants and pollinators.
Students explored concepts of freedom by looking at Norman Rockwell’s famous paintings of the Four Freedoms, printed in the Saturday Evening Post in 1943. As students examined these images and their historical context, they studied the concepts and meanings of the same freedoms today through a variety of readings, service fieldwork, discussions with guest lecturers, movies and other research. Students then expressed their personal experiences and reflections on the ideas of freedom through a variety of writing and visual art projects, culminating with a Freedom Collage exhibition.
Arthropods of the Rain Forest
This compilation of art and writing was done in culmination of the 5th grade, Module 2, Unit 3: Biodiversity in Rainforests of the Western Hemisphere. Students were asked to explore various ways that researchers share information back to their colleagues. This resulted in unique formats, language, and style for each piece of writing.
Fight For Our Rights - Activists Profiles
Students interviewed activists in New York City and art students created portraits to accompany the essays they wrote. The final drafts of profiles and portraits is compiled into the book pictured here and was distributed to local activist organizations, libraries and students citywide.
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