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These lesson plans are downloadable pdf files that can be printed and are designed to be used with our searchable Traditional Arts database on this website [see menu button on left of screen].

The Ties Between Nature and Culture in Washington State (pdf)

 

Learning Objectives
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the links between cultural communities and the natural environment in Washington state.

Lesson Summary
Students use the Traditional Arts database on this website to learn more about cultural traditions that are practiced by different Washington folk and traditional artists. They then find traditional artists whose expressive art form is directly tied to the natural environment.

The History of Various Cultural Traditions in Washington (pdf)

 

Learning Objectives
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the length of time that specific cultural communities have been part of the cultural landscape of Washington state.

Lesson Summary
Students use the Traditional Arts database on this website to explore a wide diversity of cultural artistic traditions that can be found in Washington state. In reviewing the traditional artists’ bios, photos and samples of their art work found in the database, they attempt to determine roughly how long each of these cultural traditions have been practiced in Washington state.

Mapping the Cultural Geography of Washington State Approach #1 (pdf)
– Location by Ethnicity

 

Learning Objectives
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the cultural geography of Washington state by locating cultural communities on a map of Washington.

Lesson Summary
Students use the Traditional Arts database on this website to find the locations (town and county) of specific folk and traditional artists. Each artist indicates the presence of a larger ethnic or occupational cultural community. They then determine where certain cultural communities are located in Washington state.

Mapping the Cultural Geography of Washington State Approach #2 (pdf)
– Cultural Diversity within a County

 

Learning Objectives
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the cultural geography of Washington state by locating cultural communities on a map of Washington.

Lesson Summary
Students use the Traditional Arts database on this website to find the locations (town and county) of specific folk and traditional artists. Each artist indicates the presence of a larger ethnic or occupational cultural community. They then determine the diversity of cultural communities located within a specific county of Washington state.

The Role of Traditional Art in Culture (pdf)

 

Learning Objectives
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the role a specific traditional art form (such as music or storytelling, or basket making) will play in the cultural community where that art form is practiced.

Lesson Summary
Students use the Traditional Arts database on this website to explore a wide diversity of cultural artistic traditions that can be found in Washington state. In reviewing the traditional artists’ bios, photos and samples of their art work found in the database, they try to determine the role that a specific traditional art form plays in a specific cultural community.

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