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Alexander Calder Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Who was Alexander Calder and what did he contribute to the art world? This lesson plan outlines important facts and achievements in Calder's life. To help learning stick, a hands-on activity will challenge students to create their own piece in the style of Alexander Calder.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize the life of Alexander Calder
  • explain the artistic style of Alexander Calder
  • list some key achievements of Alexander Calder

Length

1.5 to 2 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.2

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.3

Follow precisely a complex multi-step procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.7

Translate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text into visual form (e.g., a table or chart) and translate information expressed visually or mathematically (e.g., in an equation) into words.

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