Chronicles of War: How artists, poets, and musicians share their experiences during the War of 1812 Social Studies, Music/Arts Suggested use. Professional Development/All levels by Clydia Forehand, Tulsa (OK) Public Schools Description. This project intends to make the arts-chronicles of the War of 1812 (including Star-Spangled Banner) more personally accessible to students and teachers of all levels and talents. . Essential questions. How can students gain a broader context of historical events? Can the arts help grant a broader context? Focus questions. What is the story behind this expressive artwork? What is the artist’s personal connection to this work? and How does the artist’s connection more deeply inform understandings of the event? Goals and Objectives. 1. Offer opportunities to experience early American life through the arts. 2. Explore resources as opportunities to imagine a different way of envisioning life. 3. Engage participants in ways to support their disciplines through integrating the arts. Description The purpose of this project and the resources attached to it is to engage teachers in a conversation about the ways the arts can be integrated into various disciplines as a way to engage students in a deeper, more contextualized way. The overarching issue of the conversation is the impact of artists, musicians, and poets (not professional, but amateur artists) and how their expressions of the cataclysmic events of their lives and share those with subsequent generations as historical chronicles may offer broader context to student learning. Materials Needed. An annotated list of materials can be accessed here. Materials used for Project 2. Chronicles Another resource list is below. In that list, you will find thumbnails of images, songbooks, and dance music resources, complete with links and copyright information. Activities (explanation of activities) 1. Offer time, space, and resources to research 2. Offer opportunities to imagine and experience 3. Assessment experiences 4. Support for instruction Resources Attached resource list includes images, lyrics, music resources, and links to where these may be accessed via online resources. Click here for resource list. Additional online and print resources here. Standards. Connect here to Oklahoma Academic Standards that this lesson plan addresses.
About the Author Clydia Forehand is a veteran Oklahoma teacher of music, cultural arts, and language; she is also a presenter in areas of collaborative creativity and learning through the arts, currently working as an English Language Development Specialist for Tulsa (OK) Public Schools, facilitating accessibility for immigrant children to build deeper understandings of American language and culture. Former work includes directing an East Asia program at the University of Oklahoma and working with students and teachers in China, Japan, Korean, Cuba, and the United States. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in music, Fellow with Oklahoma A+ Schools, and former presenter with the San Francisco Keeping Score program. The last two are programs designed to integrate the arts into other disciplines. About Banner Moments Made available as part of the 2014 Banner Moments K-12 Institute—a project of the American Music Institute of the University of Michigan and the Star Spangled Music Foundation, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities