Common Core Standards

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Make-up Paper for ARTU 450
Instructions for Reflective Research Paper on the Alignment of
Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Visual Arts
Begin by reading through “The Arts and the Common Core: A Review of Connections Between the Common Core State Standards and the National Core Arts Standards Conceptual Framework.” Download the Arts and the Common Core Final Report (attached as well as located at the website below:
 http://nccas.wikispaces.com/Common+Core+Alignment
Introduce and summarize three different common core standards that can be aligned with the conceptual framework of the National Core Arts Standards. Discuss concepts and strategies that incorporate the arts as a vehicle for learning. Base your discussion on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Anchor Standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening, and Language, and the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Describe each CCSS ELA Literacy standard or math standard of practice thoroughly. Draw parallels between the concepts in the standards for mathematical practice and the standards for creative practice in visual arts. Explain a K-5 classroom learning activity for each standard that you might use to teach visual arts but also literacy standards or math standards of practice through the arts.
How do the common core standards relate to the philosophical foundations and lifelong goals in the arts?
 Arts as Communication
 Arts as Creative Personal Realization
 Arts as Culture, History, and Connectors
 Arts as a Means to Well-Being
 Arts as Community Engagement
What should be included in my review?
1. Title Page
2. Introduction: Introduce the topic of your paper. Include a thesis statement explaining the alignment of the visual arts with the Common Core State Standards. How do the Common Core State Standards for Literacy and Standards of Practice in Mathematics relate and connect to arts education. In what ways will the National Core Arts Standards align with the CCSS for Literacy? Read through the ELA literacy standards and the standard s of mathematical practice. Address ways you can teach with and through the visual arts. Introduce the common core standards you have chosen to discuss in your paper.
3. Body: Expand on each of the 3 ideas/concepts from the Common Core Standards you have chosen and make a clear connection to the visual arts for each standard. Use the philosophical foundations and lifelong goals in the arts in your discussion. How do the visual arts contribute to communication, creative personal realization, culture, history, and community engagement? How are the visual arts a means to well-being? How can learning about and through the visual
arts help students meet CCSS? Discuss each topic in detail (analysis, synthesis, and summary)
and provide an example of how you will address these ideas in your teaching.
4. Conclusion: Synthesize and summarize. Provide personal opinion based on research evidence.
5. Reference Page: Make sure you use the electronic APA or MLA reference format. Include the
source – which must include the entire web address since you accessed it online. Use proper
APA or MLA citations within the text and reference list are essential requirements for this
assignment. When you use information located online, you are subject to the same copyright
laws that apply to any publication. Academic integrity is essential in scholarly writing. Copying
ideas or directly quoting an online resource without using proper citations and references is
considered plagiarism.
Paper Requirements
 Write a 6-8-paragraph reflective paper on Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Visual
Arts
 Select 3 key common core standards that you feel teachers can teach through the visual arts.
 Include at least 1 APA or MLA citation and a reference list (at least 1 reference) at the end of the
paper.
 Include a title page, a reference page, and double-spaced text.
 Text of the review should be approximately 800-1000 words not counting title page or reference
page.
 Drop off your reflective paper in the course information folder Make-Up Assignment dropbox.
 Remember that the focus of your reflective paper must be on the Visual Arts in the elementary
classroom or it will not be accepted for this assignment.
 Submit your reflective paper for the instructor to read and grade. Your added points and
comments about your paper will appear in the grade center under the makeup assignment
column.
Electronic APA Format (Required in Education Courses)
 Electronic Reference Formats Recommended by the American Psychological Association (APA)
General Format – http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/
 APA Reference List for Electronic Sources (Web Publications) –
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/
 APA In-text Citations – https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/02/
 See sample APA Paper – http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/18/
Electronic MLA Format
 MLA Formatting and Style Guide – https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/
 MLA Reference List for Electronic Sources (Web Publications) –
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
 MLA In-text Citations – https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/02/
 MLA Sample Undergraduate Paper – https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/16/

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