V.E340

Celebrate! Creating Art to Honor People and Events

Celebrate! Creating Art to Honor People and Events

Students will analyze images and descriptions of holiday celebrations and identify ways that people use the arts to express their beliefs and celebrate important people and events in their lives. Students will then create a new holiday honoring a person, group of people, or an event of their choice.

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These are analytic rubrics. The column on the left shows the dimension that is being measured in the student’s performance. The levels across the top row indicate the performance level in the dimensions. Occasionally all dimensions and performance levels are exemplified by multiple students in a single recording.

Teacher Scoring Rubric - Holiday Analysis

  • Dimension
  • Student identifies art forms used to express beliefs and celebrate important people and events.

  • Student provides examples of art forms used to express beliefs and celebrate important people and events.

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • Student names one art form that is used in the celebrations described.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student names two art forms that are used in the celebrations described.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student names three art forms that are used in the celebrations described.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student names four or more art forms that are used in the celebrations described.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student names a holiday celebration but does neither identifies specific activities or events nor names an art form associated with the holiday.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student describes an activity or event from a celebration described but does not associate the activity or event with an art form.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student provides one example of an art form used in the celebrations described.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student provides two or more examples of art forms used in the celebrations described.

    N/A at this time.

Teacher Scoring Rubric - Holiday Creation

  • Dimension
  • Student identifies a person, group, or event to celebrate and explains his or her choice.

  • Student uses art forms to create events and activities for the celebration.

  • Student’s celebration includes events or activities for people of different ages, for families, and for whole communities.

  • Student’s drawing illustrates an object used in the celebration, an event, or an activity.

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • Student names a holiday but does not tell who or what the celebration is honoring.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student identifies a person, group, or event to celebrate but does not explain his or her choice.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student identifies a person, group, or event to celebrate but explains his or her choice with reasons that are unrelated to personal beliefs.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student identifies a person, group, or event to celebrate and explains his or her choice with reasons that express personal beliefs.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student creates an event or an activity for the celebration but does not use any art form in its creation.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student uses one art form to create an event or an activity for the celebration.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student uses two art forms to create events and activities for the celebration.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student uses three or more art forms to create events and activities for the celebration.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student’s celebration is designed for one specific group of people with events that have little interest to people outside of the group.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student’s celebration includes events or activities for children, but there are no activities designed to interest adults.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student’s celebration includes events or activities for people of different ages and for families, but there are no events or activities that are designed to appeal to whole communities.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student’s celebration includes events or activities for people of different ages, for families, and for whole communities. Events are designed to appeal to large numbers of people.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student attempts an illustration, but it is unclear what he or she has illustrated. There is no title for the drawing.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student illustrates an object, an event, or an activity, but there is no reference to the object, event, or activity in the student’s description of the celebration. The drawing does not include a title.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student illustrates an object, an event, or an activity that is part of the celebration. The drawing does not include a title.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student illustrates an object, an event, or an activity that is part of the celebration. The drawing includes a title.

    N/A at this time.
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