Capturing Student's Attention with Artisitc Depiction of Historical Events

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This article talks about the importance of artistic depictions of historical events that can capture a student’s imagination. It states that using art in social studies requires moving beyond art appreciation toward nurturing a higher awareness level of inference and critical interpretation. In order to assist students in this process, the authors for this article have developed a scaffolding method (REED-LO) that supports the interpretation of a work of art and a Web 2.0 tool that is a freely-available Web-based Art Interactive Tool (WAIT) that enables students to virtually visit the selected works of art from a museum. Although it may be difficult and time/distance-limiting to arrange for students to go to a museum or a field trip, this…show more content…
We live in a society that is increasingly visual and technologically-oriented and it is crucial that teachers use this to their advantage in order to create more meaningful and engaging lessons for students. The article discusses that the time teachers have with students is very limited and this scaffolding support with the additional web-based tool facilitates an effective way for teachers to use their time.
As a future elementary education classroom, I have a constructivist vision of what my classrooms will be. I believe that visual representations are essential in order to create and/or recreate a concept that students will build upon. In order to create background knowledge and facilitate or ignite a student’s imagination, it is important to provide a visual that can help them achieve that goal. Integrating arts with social studies can create a more vivid representation of that subject being discussed in class and students can better relate to the materials they are learning about. This can also help them develop their own interpretations and perspectives of the work of art as well as make connections between the art and the lesson, the art and past/present events, and the lesson and current national and global events.
Constructivism is a method of teaching that lends itself well to social studies content area because it encourages students to become critical thinkers who take
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