The design and content of these Imagination Lesson Plans represent LCI’s inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. This approach develops in the learner the Capacities for Imaginative Learning, defined outcomes for your students’ work that align with the national Common Core Standards. The Capacities and Common Core Standards listed at the beginning of each Lesson Plan are the ones addressed in the plan.
Imagination Lesson Plans are initially rooted in the study of works of art and employ four main concepts: art-making, questioning, reflection, and contextual information and research. Each is based on a specific line of inquiry, which is a guiding question that gives the Lesson Plan its framework. Plans were developed for Elementary, Middle, and High School levels, and can easily be adapted for the specific grade you teach. They are intended for you to use as written or modified—used as a springboard for new ideas and further development, depending on your interest and curricular goals. You can complete the whole Lesson Plan in the course of several days, or spread it out over a number of weeks. As well, depending on the duration of your classroom period, any one lesson may be completed within a period or carried over to another day.
However you choose to adapt the lessons to your needs, we encourage you to conduct experiential lessons before you engage your students with the work of art; ask open-ended questions to guide students’ noticings throughout the Lesson Plan; and teach further experiential lessons after you have viewed the work of art—the goal of these post-viewing lessons is to lead students to a synthesis that helps them acquire a deeper understanding. The Imagination Lesson Plans are designed to develop imaginative thinking abilities and creative actions that lead to innovative results for all students, and prepare students for greater in-depth learning in all subject areas.
We are eager to support imaginative learning in your classroom, and participate with you and your students in the joy of learning.