From the Back Cover
Whether you are a pre-service or a practicing teacher this is one book you will want in your library. This concise and practical, yet research-based, handbook will show you how to create and use standards-based art activities to teach across the content areas. Engaging classroom vignettes and examples show you what arts integration looks like in practice. A reflective framework throughout this handbook empowers you to plan, teach, and evaluate your own art-infused lessons within content area instruction.
Learn to create your own arts-infused lesson plans by exploring the features of this practical handbook, including:
- In the Classroom. This feature provides detailed classroom lesson vignettes from contributing K-8 teachers who are integrating art across the curriculum. Hear about their ideas and experiences as they engage in each step of the planning process.
- Lesson Tracker. This feature throughout each chapter enables you to identify the following key information related to each In the Classroom vignette:
o “big ideas” addressed within the lesson, “what students need to know”
o content standards involved
o considerations/steps in planning
o materials list
o teaching strategies and sequence
o assessments and evaluation techniques
- Teacher Debriefing and Reflections. These features provide analytical interviews with a K-8 contributing teacher about the “why, how, and what happened?” in the In the Classroom vignette
- Beyond the Classroom. Thesenotes provide ideas for extending learning in the arts beyond the school environment including websites, arts providers and organizations, museums, community activities, and more.
- Self-Study forms and exercises throughout help you develop your own portfolio of arts-infused lesson plans and materials to use in your classroom.
- Resource Bibliography (Appendix A). This materials and resource list provides a quick-reference to appropriate websites, books, and other materials related to arts-infused lessons across the K-8 curriculum.
About the Author
Nan L. McDonald, Ed.D., is currently an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Music Education at San Diego State University's School of Music and Dance. With over 30 years of teaching experience in preschool, K-university level music education, integrated arts for classroom teachers, music and early literacy development, and classroom discipline and management, Dr. McDonald is actively involved in training both future and practicing music and classroom teachers. She is the recipient of the prestigious “Monty”, the SDSU Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to the University for the SDSU College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts. Dr. McDonald has twice been designated as the Outstanding Faculty Member in both Liberal Studies (1999) and School of Music and Dance (2005) and has been honored as the California Outstanding University Music Educator (2000) by the California Music Educators Association.
She was twice elected the Executive State Vice President of the California Music Educators Association (1994-1998) and continues to collaborate with many school districts and universities nationwide in professional growth offerings and curriculum development for practicing arts specialists and classroom teachers.
Dr. McDonald is the author of numerous scholarly articles in national and international publications. She is also a Program Author for Pearson Education/Scott Foresman, Silver Burdett Music’s K-8 national basal text series in music, Making Music © 2002, 2005 and Making Music With the Arts Across the Curriculum © 2008. Dr. McDonald and SDSU colleague, Dr. Douglas Fisher, have written two books for classroom teacher education entitled Teaching Literacy Through the Arts: A Guidebook for Teachers by Guilford Publications, 2006, and Developing Arts-Loving Readers: Top Ten Questions Teachers are Asking about Integrated Arts Education published by Rowan & Littlefield, 2002. Dr. McDonald is currently writing an integrated arts methods text for graduate education courses which will be published by Pearson.