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What is the make-up of a community? Who are its members and what activities do they carry out? These questions guide research on the surrounding community, offering a platform where English Language Arts and visual arts integrate. Research focuses on sites, services they provide to the community, and the people who work within them. Students identify roles people play and their purpose within the different sites. Identifying different school areas, students individually illustrate them, based on observation. Illustrations are arranged to create a collective mural, where buildings and areas are labeled, including surrounding streets. Students are assessed through checklists and rubrics for the components of their projects.


CCSS English Language Arts
RI 1, RI 2, RI 3, RI 5, RI 6, RI 7, RF 1, RF 6, W 2, W 7, W 8, SL 1a-b

1.2.1, 1.2.2, 1.2.3

CA Arts Standards
1.VA:Cr1.1, 1.VA:Cr1.2, 1.VA:Cr2.1, 1.VA:Cr2.2, 1.VA:Cr3, 1.VA:Pr5, 1.VA:Pr6, 1.VA:Re7.1, 8

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