A Career in the Arts?
Art, Career Education, Fine Arts, Photography, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts
Costume designer, director, set dresser and cinematographer begin a list of career possibilities in the arts. These are behind-the-scenes jobs, but essential to the success of a production. Teachers might place students in genre groups (dance, vocal music, instrumental music, theatre, film). Within these groups, students could use a current work (see the Lively Arts and Going Out Guide in The Post for examples) to brainstorm all the jobs required to produce a performance. Teachers could also run the credits at the end of a movie to illustrate the many jobs and people who worked to make the film. Students who have been involved in a school play or concert could lead brainstorming of the many tasks/jobs required before and during the event.
Arts, Dance, English, Fine Arts, Journalism, Social Studies, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts
“In the Know” defines many terms related to the fine and performing arts. Before reading articles reprinted in this curriculum guide or found in Style, Arts&Style and other entertainment sections of The Post, you might review the terms. Many of the definitions come from Maryland and DCPS standards glossaries of fine arts terms.
Do a Crossword Puzzle
Art, Dance, English, Fine Arts, Visual Arts
Two types of crossword puzzles are provided in this guide. Both contain terms associated with artists and the fine and performing arts. Answers to both are provided.
“Play with Words” is an example of a jumble puzzle that has scrambled letters to help students determine the answers. Teachers might discuss the bonus word and have students brainstorm examples to help them understand the concept of a “genre.”
“The Fine Arts in Words” is a traditional crossword puzzle. Students might be asked to use as many of the terms as possible in a coherent statement about the arts or to relate an experience they have had with the fine or performing arts using the terms.
Read in Another Language
English, Foreign Languages, Social Studies
The e-Replica edition of The Washington Post has a number of special features to aid teachers in making the newspaper more accessible to their students. Support for English as a Second Language and foreign language teachers is found in the translate option. Give students “Read in Another Language | How to Use the Translate Feature.”
Students may also listen to Post articles with the e-Replica listen feature. Introduce students to this option with the handout “Hear All of It | Use e-Replica Listen Feature” found in the “Monuments, Parks and Sanctuaries” resource PDF in the From Yellowstone to Acadia and Zion curriculum guide.
Art, English, Fine Arts, Media Literacy, Technology, Visual Arts
The Post has a large staff of writers who cover the arts, style and entertainment beat. Within this larger category, writers specialize in genre coverage such as architecture, art, dance, theatre and television. Give students “Explore the Performing Arts in The Post.” Through this activity, they will become acquainted with the content and the different manners in which this information can be presented.
Instructions have been general so that teachers may determine the approach, the depth and the manner of feedback they want students to provide. For example, do teachers want students to include date, headline, summary of articles; an information graphic of the genres covered; select one event for which they will plan an evening and budget.
Teachers may practice Internet research skills by asking students to do this activity at The Washington Post website. Online The Post’s Entertainment section covers books, movies, comics, theater and dance, TV, puzzles and games, horoscopes and the Going Out Guide.
Teachers may give students "Leaving indelible marks." This is an example of a feature article that takes readers behind-the-scenes at the ballet.
Bring Music Into Your Classroom
Art, Fine Arts, Music, Journalism, Media Arts, Social Studies, Science
“Music Across the Disciplines,” is one of occasional Teachers Notes in which we suggest different approaches or provide background information for use with reprinted articles and activities. If you happen to teach in a school where the music program has been eliminated or cut back, you may find these ideas helpful to giving students music arts exposure. You may find an idea that can also enrich your science, history or social studies lesson and awaken students to themes.