For my Arts Literacy requirement, I participated in the 2015 Juneau Basic Arts Institute (JBAI). The institute included an intensive 4 credit course with educators from across Alaska to focus on a common goal: the integration of arts, particularly the cultural arts of Southeast Alaska. For a detailed description of the following sessions; Arts and Cognition, Media Arts, Music and Culture, Tlingit Story Telling and Performance, and Visual Arts see this blog post.
In my Media Arts class I created my first ever digital story using stop motion photography:
As a final project for the JBAI I created a unit as part of a three lesson series by myself and colleagues, Ruth and Sophia. The unit is based on the Tlingit folk song the Hook Song, as part of an initiative to create a strong foundation of culturally significant music in JAMM classrooms. In this lesson, students listen to a recording of the Hook Song, a boy’s lullaby (Dléigu) from Clara Paraterovich, in the Tlingit language. They learn music, movement and words based on traditional knowledge and 1st grade science standards. Later, they learn to sing the Hook song and to play it on their violins. A future goal is to include the Hook Song in a locally collaborative school/community activity, event or performance. See my lesson plans below: