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Because Common Core promotes the importance of all students studying the arts, we have highlighted places where ELA instruction could be enhanced by connecting a genre or particular text, or a theme of a unit, to works of art, music, or film. We suggest, for example, that students study self-portraiture when they are encountering memoirs. Students might compare a novel, story, or play to its film or musical rendition. Where a particular period of literature or the literature of a particular region or country is addressed, works of art from that period or country may also be examined. In each case, connections are made to the standards in the CCSS themselves.
ELA teachers who choose to use this material may do so on their own, by team teaching with an art or music teacher, or perhaps by sharing the material with the art or music teacher, who could reinforce what students are learning during the ELA block in their classroom. The inclusion of these works in our ELA Maps is not intended to substitute for or infringe in any way upon instruction students should receive in separate arts and music classes.
This workshop engages students with little or no programming experience to learn basic Java programming concepts. Participants use Carnegie Mellon’s Alice* platform to do something fun – create animated stories, movies and games. By dragging and dropping graphic tiles that contain standard Java programming statements, students develop programs that animate 3D objects. In the process, they learn basic object-oriented programming terminology and concepts such as procedure definition, algorithms, functions and conditional statements.
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Get Started with Alice 3
Add and Position Objects
Use Procedures and Arguments
Add Rotation and Randomization
Use Control Statements
Use Keyboard Controls
Develop a Complete Animation
Animation Design Worksheet and Academic Examples
*Suitable for ages 8-22, Alice is the subject of 11 textbooks. It is taught in thousands of schools globally, including 19% of US colleges and universities. One study shows that exposure to Alice prior to or concurrent with CS1 improved performance in the course by a full letter grade and that middle school girls are perfectly willing to learn to write computer software if you present it as a storytelling activity.
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