V.E105

Create a Tree Collage

Create a Tree Collage

Students will reflect upon the many ways that trees are a part of their lives. They will use a variety of materials, including recycled paper, to create a collage that shows one way that they appreciate trees or the products made from trees. In the assessment questions, students will identify the art forms used to represent images of trees, (e.g., paintings, drawings, weavings, sculptures, collages). Students will also identify the art processes associated with the pictured art materials.

“I’m planting a tree to teach me to gather strength from my deepest roots”—Andrea Koehle Jones, The Wish Trees

This item has been voluntarily field-tested by Michigan teachers with a non-representative sample of students.


This is an analytic rubric. 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–COLLAGE

  • Dimension
  • Communication of Content

  • Collage Techniques (use of paper, cutting, tearing, gluing overlapping and variety)

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  • 4
  • Student’s collage lacks an identifiable representation of either a tree or the student. There are no details, and the intended activity is not clear.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student’s collage includes identifiable representations of the student and a tree; however, the intended activity is not clear. The collage includes few details.

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  • Student’s collage communicates his or her enjoyment of trees. Content includes identifiable representations of a tree, the student, and the activity, as well as some details.

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  • Student’s collage clearly communicates his or her enjoyment of trees through content that includes detailed and individualized representations of himself or herself, a tree, and the intended activity.

    View Exemplar
  • Student’s collage shows novice skill.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student’s collage shows emergent skill.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student’s collage shows proficiency of collage techniques.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student’s collage shows skillful use of collage techniques.

    N/A at this time.
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