The Spirit of Our Cultures

Teacher(s): Donna Casmere
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Date: 11/16/11    Building: Kelloggsville High School    Grade Level: 9-12
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Project Overview

Give a brief overview of the project you are planning.

This project will research the culture and values as an inspiration to welcome and give pride to the students through artistic expression.  We plan to do a wall mural at the key spots in the community.


Effective Practice:  MEANINGFUL SERVICE

Service learning actively engages participants in meaningful and personally relevant service activities.

What community need will you address and how did you determine the need?

The students at Kelloggsville felt that our school, being the hub of the community needs to represent our diverse population and sense of values. The project is designed to give a welcome, perspective, and beautify the school.

What service will you provide to address the need?

The students will create wall murals inside the school’s entrance that will honor the diversity and values of the community.


Effective Practice: LINK TO CURRICULUM

Service learning is intentionally used as an instructional strategy to meet learning goals and/or content standards.

How is this project related to your curriculum?

This project has a primary tie to our curriculum. The Michigan Visual Arts Curriculum has the standards of the study of history, culture, artistic expression, encouraging self- esteem, and aesthetics, process, and product. The core class curriculums are also incorporated. We will research the cultures represented in our school.

What are the educational goals?

Students will use critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation by designing, creating, and critiquing murals that represent culture and values.


Curriculum Crafter Connections

Strand: 09-10 ELA: (Writing)
TLW: Demonstrate the production and distribution of writing. (Gist: Production and Distribution of Writing)

Strand: 09-10 ELA: (Writing)
TLW: Participate in shared research to build and present knowledge. (Gist: Research to Build and Present Knowledge)

Strand: 09-10 ELA: (Writing)
TLW: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences. (Gist: Range of Writing)

Additional State Standards and Benchmarks

List standards and benchmarks met by this project.

The 21st Century classroom student learning content focuses through the skills of critical thinking and problem solving, communication and collaboration, and creativity and innovation.


Effective Practice: REFLECTION

Service learning incorporates multiple challenging reflection activities that are ongoing and that prompt deep thinking and analysis about oneself and one’s relationship to society.

What form(s) of reflection will you use with the students to help them identify what they have learned and accomplished?
We will use critiques, discussions, journaling, and reflect through photography, sketchbook, and journaling.


Effective Practice: DIVERSITY

Service learning promotes understanding of diversity and mutual respect among all participants.

What types of diverse perspectives and experiences will be explored as part of your project?
(i.e.: cultural, generational, abilities/disabilities, learning styles, etc.)

Cultural – understanding different views and perspectives of culture, society, religion, and differentiated learning styles.


Effective Practice: YOUTH VOICE

Service learning provides youth with a strong voice in planning, implementing, and evaluating service learning experiences with guidance from adults.

How will students gain ownership of the project?
The students came up with the idea of this project. They will research the community’s cultures, sketch ideas and take notes on their ideas, create the project and interact with the community regarding the conclusion of the project using technology.



Service learning partnerships are collaborative, mutually beneficial, and address community needs.

Who will you partner with for this project?
The students will contact community artist, alumni, local leaders, administrators, and teachers to help them through the project. They will share their plans with the administrators for approval to do the mural. We will announce in a community paper for community artists to come forward to work with the students on techniques.

How will students benefit from this partnership?
The students will learn to work with leaders, mentors and artist and take pride in our community connection by discovering our rich cultural heritage and pride in our shared values.

How will the partner benefit from this collaboration?
The community will benefit by the art work being a permanent record of the community as well as the students who feel pride in their school and connections in the community.



Service learning engages participants in an ongoing process to assess the quality of implementation and progress toward meeting specified goals, and uses results for improvement and sustainability.

How will you assess the student learning goals?
The students will be assessed by taking quarterly assessments that assess the learning objectives. Students will also participate in a critique group that will assess the art work and related artists work. The students will also record the community’s reactions.

How will you assess your service goals?
Informative assessments will be incorporated along the way to make sure that the goals and objectives.



Service learning has sufficient duration and intensity to address community needs and meet specified outcomes.

How will you prepare students for this experience?

Research of cultures
Presentation of community artists
Values of discussions
What are some sample possible activities students might do as part of this project?

An Art opening
Presentation to the community
Documenting with technology the progress of the project



The three arms of sustainability are environmental stewardship, economic growth, and social progress. Think planet, profit, and people.

Describe how your project addresses the issue of sustainability?

This project will create a greater sense of community and support the values and represent the cultures in our community. We will feel a sense of pride through the permanence of the mural and be able to add to it if new cultures are added to our community.