Red and Yellow, Black and White They are precious in our sight! Teachers love the Children of the World.
An Integrated, Interdisciplinary, Thematic, Standards-based Unit Putting the color back into cultural Diversity through visual art. America, once called the "Melting Pot", now the "Salad Bowl" of people and cultures presents the challenges of Diversity and acculturation. Students use the lens of Visual Art at the heart and center of this integrated, interdisciplinary thematic unit to study these challenges. In this study, Art connects authentically to Social Studies and Language Arts. "Putting the color back in cultural Diversity" guides students to gain and apply new knowledge of individual and blended cultures to deepen their appreciation for the outcomes of a country that is multicultural. In America's history, as people moved westward in the late 1700's to the early 1800's, European influences came to the native cultures of North, Central, and South America. Conversely, the peoples the Europeans encountered, influenced their immigrant cultures. This study of the sharing of knowledge and skills emphasizes for students the new art, alliances, and appreciation for differences that shape our American history.