Lesson plans for PIA Awards are derived from unit plans developed for JOI or created during the conception, planning and implementation of a PIA Award project.
Portfolios of selected PIA Awards
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2009-2010: “Reliving the Great Depression” from Salem Church Middle School, Chesterfield County Public Schools. Here is a video of the project. Seventh grade students used music, storytelling and visual art to enhance understanding of the 1930s across English and History curricula. This project includes professional development for faculty, performances, workshops and field trips. Review the related “From Blank to Bank” Partners in the Arts blog entry.
2007-2008: “Pavel’s Garden” from Powhatan High School, Powhatan County Public Schools. All English 9 students read autobiography Night by Elie Wiesel and the poetry collection I Never Saw Another Butterfly, which included “The Butterfly” by Pavel Friedman. Students worked with poetry, sculpture, drama, biology and a living museum to share themes from their study of the Holocaust and create a permanent garden learning space at their school.
2004-2005: “Dancing to the Harlem Beat” from Elkhardt Middle School, Richmond Public Schools. Sixth grade students studied the Harlem Renaissance through dance, music, visual arts, writing, drama and photography. Professional development for teachers and collaboration among schools systems was also part of this project.