COLLABORATE AND INTEGRATE
Our Curriculum: “Voice Your Soul” provides a global education framework for integrating the Arts and the Common Core Standards for ELA & Literacy in History/Social Studies, with an emphasis in civics learning and social emotional learning, into middle and high school grade classroom lessons. The program runs 6-8 weeks, meeting 3 times weekly for up to an hour each session and includes a culminating showcase of student projects.
How It Works: MeMA’s curriculum and materials are provided to the partnering school teacher(s). MeMA’s teaching artists can lead classes in partnership with teachers, or serve as consultants to the classroom teacher, based upon each school’s needs and requests. Our program unit, “Voice Your Soul” is meant to supplement and enrich student’s learning.
Phase I: Direct Instruction: Theory/Analysis-Media-based (Typically led by MeMA Teaching Artist) Students examine the historical non-violent social movements, resistance, and struggles for liberation during the 60’s-70’s, through analyzing socially conscious song lyrics of the era, to connect historical events to current social and political issues, and to understand the purpose for which these songs emerged. In addition, our program includes past and current news video clips, historical speeches, artworks, podcasts, informational charts/graphs, student-driven discussions, independent and group research. Weekly assessments included.
Phase II: Research/Work on Culminating Projects (Collaborative teaching by school-based teachers in Social Studies/Humanities, ELA, Tech, Art, Music) and MeMA guest Music and Art professionals to work with students (facilitated by MeMA-Music). Students create their own social justice pieces through extensive research and by applying information and skills they have learned throughout the program. Students submit final project through arts-infused sources including, digital media/ film, songwriting, live performances, creative writing, infographics, artworks, PSA’s and more.
Phase III: Culminating social-justice-themed projects round out the unit MeMA’s program unit closes with individual and/or group culminating social justice projects, self-selected by students and based on personal interests, presented en masse as a showcase in the school auditorium, giving students a chance to feel proud of their accomplishments. Implementation of showcase is facilitated by MeMA-Music. Parents and students from other upper grades may be the invited audience for the Showcase event.