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Interdisciplinary Reading #2
Concept map (with essential questions)
Blog reaction to TeacherStory1
A way to organize the curriculum, so that the
content of one subject area is enriched and
reinforced by another, and vice versa.
An integrated thematic unit
John Dewey (1913): “. . . Education comes only through
willing attention to and participation in school
activities. It follows that the teacher select these
activities with reference to the child’s interests,
powers, and capacities.”
James Mursell (1956): “Integration has to do, not primarily
with subject matter, but with people and their lives.”
Lev S. Vygotsky (1962) = “Each person must construct
his or her own reality . . . construction should always
-Ellis and Fouts (2001)
Read and respond to
Graph – various government
Positions held by women
Interview women in the
Community about their
Accomplishments & goals.
Listen to/analyze music
by women composers
History of women’s
Common to various disciplines:
“Knowing how a process functions in one discipline
can enhance the student’s understanding of how
it functions in another.” (Wiggins, 2001)
Verbal literacy =
Listening + Speaking
+ Reading + Writing
Musical understanding =
Performing + Creating +
(Deriving meaning; more
than mere decoding)
(A deep understanding;
More than mere note-reading)
(Science/Gr. 4) Differentiate among types of rocks by referring to their methods of formation.
(Math/Gr. 1) Describe, extend and explain ways to get to a next element in simple repeating patterns.
(Language Arts/Gr. 4) Compare and contrast tales from different cultures by tracing the exploits of one character type.
Compare and sort common instruments by one physical or aural attribute.
Differentiate between musical textures by referring to their methods of formation (e.g., fugues, homophonic forms)
Create, perform and describe simple rhythmic and melodic patterns.
Compare and contrast music from different cultures by tracing the musical treatment of one instrument type.Process connections (continued)
Have no obvious right answer
Raise other important questions
Address the philosophical or conceptual foundations of a discipline
Are framed to provide and sustain student interest!
Write an “Essential Question for each CONTENT area that “connects” to the others
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