My objectives for students are:
(1) to keep a thorough, organized notebook and journal throughout the unit; this will be used in the final assessment in an open notebook test grade.
(2) to define the terms for this unit and to be able to use those terms appropriately when producing their own work.
(3) to list the types of influence architecture, technology, art, society, and family traditions had/have on how the front porch was/is used.
(4) to make a personal connection between an architectural structure and their life experiencespast, present, futurein their home and their community.
(5) to construct a piece of art (audio, visual, and/or written) of publishable quality and to perform or display that art in public in a self-assured manner.
(6) to recognize the role of dialect, gesture, ritual, folk tales, and kinship in their culture.
(7) to recognize debasing terms (sexist, elitist, racist) and to use language carefully by consciously selecting and using words to affirm or break stereotypes.
(8) to connect multiple art forms in the study and production of text: music, poetry, fiction, film, theatre.
(9) to diagram a segment of the community by taking a field trip into their neighborhood.
(10) to practice CAPT skills: read, interpret, connect, and evaluate.
(11) to connect the unit with our school’s Mission Statement (To produce lifelong learners who contribute responsibly to their local and global community) by strengthening their connection to the community through a recognition and appreciation of the architectural feature of the front porch (extra credit on the final assessment. See footnote #2).