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Designing for a Greek Myth: 6th Grade Model Cornerstone Assessment

Designing for a Greek Myth Model Cornerstone Assessment

Title: Designing for a Greek Myth
Grade Level: 6
Author: Rob Chambers
Artistic Processes: Creating, Performing, Responding, Connecting

Task Description: Students will design sets or costumes for three scenes from Orpheus and Eurydice and submit a final presentation with set or costume designs for three scenes from Orpheus and Eurydice myth, including research and a vision statement addressing their designs.

Evidence of Student Learning Collected: PowerPoints addressing costume and scenic design and mood boards that include vision and research commentary.

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This model cornerstone assessment was created and piloted during the 2020-2021 school year, funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


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