Years of work as visiting artist as well as artist in residence in schools of all kinds has allowed me hours of experience in collaboration with classroom teachers, as well as with children. Using arts integration to teach across the curriculum, I have worked on projects based on literature, history, science, literacy, and more. However, stories are always at the core of the work so the following sample Core Standards are always addressed, along with others, depending on the project.

English Language Arts Standards » Reading: Literature
Key Ideas and Details
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events

English Language Arts Standards » Writing
Production and Distribution of Writing:
With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose

English Language Arts Standards » Speaking & Listening
Comprehension and Collaboration:
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas:
Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.
Create engaging audio recordings of stories or poems that demonstrate fluid reading at an understandable pace; add visual displays when appropriate to emphasize or enhance certain facts or details.

“This is exactly what we need more of at BTC! It was relevant and beneficial not only for our English students but for anyone training to become a better teacher, whether pre-service or in-service and regardless of the subject matter they teach.”

-Dr. Nina Razzak, Head of Curriculum Studies, Bahrain Teachers College

Enthusiastic teachers at teachers' college in Polokwane, South Africa