Arts Across the Curriculum

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Arts Across the Curriculum is comprised of arts-infused digital media instructional resources, providing teachers and students with innovative and engaging media content and tools to help them meet key requirements and goals in core curriculum areas, while bringing arts into the classroom. Each resource is built around a media segment (3-5 minute video) identified by curriculum experts and advisors as aligned with instructional objectives and standards, and complemented by supporting materials, including background essays, discussion questions, activities, assessments, and interactives that can be seamlessly integrated into classroom instruction.

  • Symbolism, Setting, and Post-World War Urbanization: Edward Hopper's House by the Railroad

    Edward Hopper’s famous painting House by the Railroad is featured in this video from Picturing America Onscreen. As the railroad tracks rattle by a once-grand Victorian home, so intersect the themes of modern progress and historical continuity. Students explore the period of urbanization and growing feelings of isolation in America after World War I, make ELA connections in studying the significance of symbolism and setting, write an ad to sell the house in the painting, and enrich the study of the play Our Town in the accompanying discussion questions and classroom activities.

    Grades: 6-12
  • The Gilded Age: Stanford White and Architecture for the Elite

    This series of videos from Treasures of New York: Stanford White presents the Gilded Age, an era of great wealth and remarkable architecture. Through video, discussion questions, and classroom activities, students explore how architecture, literature, and art reflect the issues and concerns of the time period, and how the era still resonates today.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Diana of the Tower: Public Art in the Gilded Age

    Learn about the famous statue sculpted by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, “Diana of the Tower,” that sat atop Stanford White’s Madison Square Garden during the Gilded Age in this video from Treasures of New York: Stanford White. Through video, discussion questions, and classroom activities explore how public art reflects society and serves as a vivid connection to history.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Passage for Two

    Using video from Great Performances: Dance In America: NY Export: Opus Jazz, students examine Jerome Robbins’ famous ballet and complete associated English Language Arts activities. The activities include answering text-dependent discussion questions, completing a close read of the video and exploring important literary elements like characterization, narrative structure, and mood.

    Grades: 7-8
  • Hearst Tower: Analyzing its Geometry and Energy Efficiency

    Students solve a real-world mathematical problem involving the area of a triangle and learn about how energy conservation is applied to architectural design using video from Treasures of New York: Hearst Tower. Utilizing text-dependent discussion questions and classroom activities called “teaching tips,” students have an opportunity to take a deep dive into mathematics, STEM content and the arts.

    Grades: 6-8

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