Literacy Through the Arts: Standards-Aligned Curriculum for History and Social Studies


Presented By

Emily Valenza

Arts Department Coordinator

Kingsley Montessori School, Boston MA

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Julie Knutson

Academic Consultant

Follett School Solutions, McHenry, IL

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The 21st century has been labeled the “visual age,” and interweaving art into all subject areas bears a host of qualitative and quantitative benefits for its learners. Join co-presenters Emily Valenza and Julie Knutson in a one-hour exploration of the why, what and how of arts integration in history and social studies. Valenza and Knutson will discuss current research on incorporating the arts into social studies, along with strategies for the creating immersive and engaging lessons that allow students to situate art history in cultural context. Throughout, focus will be maintained on building the 21st-century skills that students need most: critical thinking, research, collaboration, and creativity. 

Attendees will learn ways to:

  • Cultivate historical empathy and the consideration of multiple perspectives through the arts
  • Create thought-provoking Surrealist collages using primary source documents to reinforce History topics
  • Structure an interactive mask-making unit that brings biographical studies to life
  • Foster your students' sense of synaesthesia with art games to enhance their descriptive writing skills

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