Understanding big ideas as basis for art curriculum
Ideas to Create
Based on Understanding by Design
Wiggins & McTighe (2005)
Understanding by Design Wiggins & McTighe
Is sometimes called Backward Design
3. Plan Instruction to
help them get there.
2. Determine Evidence
1. Identify Desired
Lesson Planning Begins
with the Big Idea
• BIG Idea and Essential Questions
1. What is the understanding we want to share?
• What kind of assessments determine
2. How will we know if students are getting it?
• What do we want students to
do, say, apply, make, explain ?
3. How do we get students there?
The core of curriculum should be
the Big Idea
Big Ideas are about Broad Human Issues
Examples of Big
Reverence for life
Reflect conceptual priorities
Be distinct and substantial
Be broad and umbrella like
Not be repetitious
Be realistic, logical and in
6 Facets Frame the
Assessments for Understanding
Most subject areas cover
grow in these
Identify Tasks which demonstrate
these Assessments of Understanding
in Art Curriculum
Perspective-Seeing from different view points
Empathy/Empatique(Fr)-Understanding thru art
Self-Knowledge- Building self awareness
Consider Assessments that
Students can envision
And Finally Design TASKS!
also referred to as activities!
Look at and Discuss Artwork
Meet an Artist
Find Beauty, Concepts
Share on-line Galleries
Make your own materials
Use free technologies
All the better to understand something bigger that the
both of us!