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Arts Literacy


Through a study of one or more of these arts:

  •  Art; Film; Literature (novels, short story; drama); Theater Arts; Music; Poetry; Dance; Humanities

In order to demonstrate what art tells us about one or more of these:

  •  Our humanity
  •  Our historical story
  •  The creative process itself.

Such demonstration can take the form of essays, exams, projects, reflections, research papers, or performance or presentation or other work in which there is a reflection on the artistic expression that tells us about our humanity or our historical story or the creative process itself.                                     

Examples of assignments:

  • A paper on the contribution of the blues to American Music
  • A dance performance which suggests a passionate response to rejection
  • An art project which explores choices of medium to express an emotion
  • A paper on the structure of a sonnet

Rubric Criteria:

Minimal Expectations:

 (With Gradations of adequacy in the following:  from acceptable - good - outstanding)

Student work demonstrates evidence of several of these conditions where appropriate:

  • Application of appropriate vocabulary, elements, and concepts associated with a particular form of artistic expression, such as art, literature, music, drama, or dance.
  • Understanding how the artistic expression is reflective of its creator and of human experience, as may be understood and appreciated within a cultural or historical context.
  • Awareness of elements of the creative process: such as understanding the process involved in writing a poem or painting a picture - conception to execution
  • Understanding artistic expression as a form of communication about the human condition.                                                   

Other Expectations:

If students are submitting performance, portfolio work, or original composition in one or more of the arts, their work will demonstrate several of these criteria as appropriate (with Gradations of adequacy in the following:  from acceptable - good - outstanding):

  • Sufficient understanding of the structural elements of a particular art form.  (For instance understanding the form of a drama through creation of characters, establishing dramatic tension, denouement, etc.)
  • Research of appropriate cultural or artistic source material for the project.
  • Thoughtful self-evaluation of the project process from conception to presentation.
  • Personal skills of organization, creativity, thought, feeling, and expressiveness from beginning to end of project/presentation.
  • Ability to articulate how the art form's process and product may reflect an evolutionary, cultural, or historical context of their medium.