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Digital Unit Plan Template Unit Title: The Potters Wheel Content Area: Ceramic Art

CA Content Standard(s)/Common Core Standard(s):

Name: Palmer Grade Level: 9-12

1.1 Identify and use the principles of design to discuss, analyze, and write about visual aspects in the environment and in works of art, including their own. 1.4 Analyze and describe how the composition of a work of art is affected by the use of a particular principle of design. 2.1 Solve a visual arts problem that involves the effective use of the elements of art and the principles of design. 3.3 Identify and describe trends in the visual arts and discuss how the issues of time, place, and cultural influence are reflected in selected works of art. 4.4 Articulate the process and rationale for refining and reworking one of their own works of art. 4.5 Employ the conventions of art criticism in writing and speaking about works of art. 5.4 Demonstrate an understanding of the various skills of an artist, art critic, art historian, art collector, art gallery owner, and philosopher of art (aesthetician).
Big Ideas:

Students will utilize the elements and principles of design in crafting, analyzing, and discussing ceramic forms. Students will articulate the processes and rationale for refining their pottery. Students will employ vocabulary from the elements and principles in writing and speaking about fellow students as well as th eir own works of art.
Unit Goals and Objectives:

Students will employ the processes for refining and reworking their own work. Students will identify and use the principles of design in throwing a cylinder and a bowl on the potters wheel. Students will solve visual arts problems while using throwing techniques in creating ceramic bowls and cylindrical vases on the potters wheel. Students will discuss and analyze works of art, including their own, during the construction and critique phases of the lesson.

Unit Summary:

I will begin by introducing the students to a brief historical development and use of the potters wheel. I will then demonstrate the fundamental techniques for throwing on the potters wheel. Students will take notes on these activities. These notes will later be utilized for review quizzes. Students will also apply demonstrated techniques in the creation of their own works on the wheel. At the conclusion of the unit, students will choose the 2 works of art theyve completed that they feel best meet the criteria of the rubrics. These pieces will be used in a class-wide critique and discussion. During the discussion

students will employ art vocabulary to address the strong and weak qualities of the art works. Students will then choose one peers artwork to write a critique utilizing relevant vocabulary on a teacher-provided handout. I will also complete a rubric on the chosen artworks for each student. The written critiques will be collected, read, and commented upon. Both the completed rubrics and critiques will be returned to the students for their reflection.
Assessment Plan: Entry-Level: Following the PowerPoint presentation Formative: Students will be provided with a guided Summative: At the conclusion of the unit, students

on the development of the potters wheel, the students will be given a K-W-L worksheet to fill out. The worksheet will be used as an assessment of what the students knew prior to the presentation, what they were curious about the topic, and an insight into some of what they learned from the presentation. This worksheet will be collected as an exit ticket at the end of Day 1. The worksheet will be read by the teacher to inform me of what topics need to be addressed in depth, what aspects of the lesson are already widely known, and where reteaching needs to be provided due to misunderstanding or misconception.

notes page on the subjects of wedging, throwing, trimming, and clean up. The students will fill this sheet out during the teachers demonstrations of said techniques. The students will take the notes home and write the information in complete sentences on a separate sheet of lined paper. This write-up will be collected on Day 3. This paper will be read to inform the teacher of individual as well as widespread misconceptions. Students not completing or inaccurately completing this page will not be allowed to work on the potters wheel until complete understanding is demonstrated. On studio workdays, the teacher will circulate among the students, assessing their understanding and application of throwing techniques. The teacher will informally observe and meet with the students praising correct form and addressing areas of misunderstanding re-teaching where necessary. A mid-unit homework assignment will consist of an online webercise that students must complete through the lesson Weebly site. This will function as both a review of lesson materials for the students as well as a means for the teacher to gain further insight into which students are grasping what concepts and who is struggling.

will choose the 2 works of art theyve completed that they feel best meet the criteria of the unit. These pieces will be used in a class-wide critique and discussion. During the discussion students will employ art vocabulary to address the strong and weak qualities of the art works. Students will then choose one peers artwork to write a critique utilizing relevant vocabulary on a teacher-provided handout. I will also complete a rubric on the chosen artworks for each student. The written critiques will be collected, read, and commented upon. Both the completed rubrics and critiques will be returned to the students for their reflection.

Lesson 1

Student Learning Objective:

Acceptable Evidence:

Students will develop an understanding of the historical technological progression and dissemination of the potters wheel. Students will identify and use the principles of design in learning throwing a cylinder and a bowl on the potters wheel.
Lesson 2 Student Learning Objective:

Printout of PowerPoint slides with room for notes will be given to students prior to lecture on potters wheel. Notes will be collected to determine class-wide and individual understanding of material. Guided notes taken during presentation of throwing on the potters wheel will be collected and corrected with comments.
Acceptable Evidence:

Instructional Strategies: x Communication x Collection Collaboration x Presentation Organization Interaction

Lesson Activities: Teacher will provide a PowerPoint presentation of the development of the potters wheel. Students will take notes during the presentation on a handout provided by the teacher. Teacher will present a demonstration on setting up for throwing on the potters wheel. Teacher will demonstrate centering, opening, compressing, pulling a wall of a cylinder, refining a lip, and cutting a pot off the wheel head. Teacher will demonstrate proper clean-up and wheel maintenance. Students will take guided notes of all procedures on a handout. Students will apply demonstrated techniques on the potters wheel.

Students will solve visual arts problems while using throwing techniques in creating ceramic bowls and cylindrical vases on the potters wheel. Students will employ the processes for refining and reworking their own work.
Lesson 3 Student Learning Objective:

Students will demonstrate their understanding and development of throwing a cylinder and a bowl while the teacher observes and assists. Students will complete an online webercise review of major objectives of the unit.

Instructional Strategies: x Communication Collection x Collaboration Presentation Organization x Interaction

Lesson Activities: Students will work on the potters wheels demonstrating their understanding and development of the necessary procedures for successfully throwing a cylinder and bowl on the wheel. Teacher will circulate and observe, assisting students in addressing areas of misconception and reinforcing areas of understanding. Students will continue to refine their skills on the wheel while throwing cylinders and bowls. Students will complete an online webercise document reviewing the major elements of the unit. This will be done as a homework assignment.

Acceptable Evidence:

Students will discuss and analyze works of art, including their own, during the construction and critique phases of the lesson.

Students will employ the vocabulary from the elements and principles of design while discussing and writing a critique of a fellow students work of art.

Instructional Strategies: x Communication Collection Collaboration Presentation Organization x Interaction

Lesson Activities: Teacher will lead a class-wide discussion of a selection of student pottery Students will utilize the vocabulary from the elements and principles of design to assess the successful and less successful elements of selected works of art. Students will then choose another students artwork and write a guided critique of at least five sentences on a handout. Teacher will collect, grade and return the critiques. A completed rubric with comments on one bowl and one cylinder

(of the students choosing) will be given to each student at the conclusion of the unit.

Unit Resources:
The unit resources include: PowerPoint slide presentation on the historical development of the potters wheel; Printout of sl ide images with room for note taking during presentation; K-W-L/Exit Ticket handout; Guided notes page for potters wheel demonstration; Handout for written critique of students work; Rubrics for thrown cylinder and bowl; Unit Weebly site (mrpalmer-potterswheel-basics.weebly.com) which includes information on the unit, access to the assignment assessment criteria, guided notes pages, rubrics, and webercise review assignment, videos on throwing fundamentals, a brief history of ceramics, as well as a link to Mr. Palmers teacher site (mrpalmer-ceramic-arts.weebly.com).

Useful Websites:

mrpalmer-ceramic-arts.weebly.com http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khnum

mrpalmer-potterswheel-basics.weebly.com

http://destrier.hubpages.com/hub/pottery-wheel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPXZbVdSgUI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsxgc5eKjrM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyWjynuCTO0 http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seZbyX1gpyc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ITaxZeEtJY http://www.ceramicstudies.com/

UNIT SUMMARY:
In this unit the students will develop an understanding of the development and significance of the potters wheel in human history. Students will develop and refine skills in manipulating clay into desired forms on the potters wheel. Students will formulate the rationale for refining a work of art. Students will utilize the vocabulary from the elements and principles of design in crafting, analyzing, discussing and writing about a fellow students art work as well as their own works of art.