Edmondson Park

The Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission engaged two internationally-known artists, Thornton Dial and Lonnie Holley, to create site-specific public art works for the newly revitalized Edmondson Park (overseen by the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency). This project honors William Edmondson, a native of Davidson County and a self-taught sculptor. Edmondson was the first African American artist to have a solo exhibition at the New York Museum of Modern Art (1937). Like Edmondson, Thornton Dial and Lonnie Holley are self-taught artists. The Metro Arts Teacher Cadre worked together to create two (middle school and high school) standards-aligned, interdisciplinary curriculum units that focus on the new art installation in the revitalized Edmondson Park in Nashville. The lesson plans are shared to benefit Nashville-area teachers and others throughout the Tennessee and the surrounding region.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or...
Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.1
Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and...
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and...
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences.
Evaluate authors' differing points of view on the same historical event or issue by assessing the authors' claims, reasoning, and evidence.
Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in...
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior...
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how...
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative...
Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in...
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical...
Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a...
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.
Assess the extent to which the reasoning and evidence in a text support the author's claim or a recommendation for solving a scientific or...
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts,...
Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen...
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on...
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event...
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience....
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow...
Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.
Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.
Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.
Compute unit rates associated with ratios of fractions, including ratios of lengths, areas and other quantities measured in like or different...
Recognize and represent proportional relationships between quantities.
For a function that models a relationship between two quantities, interpret key features of graphs and tables in terms of the quantities, and...
Relate the domain of a function to its graph and, where applicable, to the quantitative relationship it describes. For example, if the function...
Calculate and interpret the average rate of change of a function (presented symbolically or as a table) over a specified interval. Estimate the...
CLE 3210.5.1
Associate structural, functional, and behavioral adaptations with the ability of organisms to survive under various environmental conditions.
CLE 3210.T/E.2
Differentiate among elements of the engineering design cycle: design constraints, model building, testing, evaluating, modifying, and retesting.
GLE 0707.INQ.2
Use appropriate tools and techniques to gather, organize, analyze, and interpret data.
GLE 0707.INQ.5
Communicate scientific understanding using descriptions, explanations, and models.
GLE 0807.9.1
Understand that all matter is made up of atoms.
GLE 0807.9.2
Explain that matter has properties that are explained by the structure and arrangement of its atoms.
GLE 0807.9.3
Interpret data from an investigation to differentiate between physical and chemical changes.
GLE 0807.9.4
Distinguish among elements, compounds, and mixtures.
GLE 0807.9.6
Use the periodic table to determine the characteristics of an element.
GLE 0807.INQ.3
Synthesize information to determine cause and effect relationships between evidence and explanations.
SPI 0807.9.3
Classify common substances as elements or compounds based on their symbols or formulas.
SPI 0807.9.4
Differentiate between a mixture and a compound.
SPI 0807.9.8
Interpret the results of an investigation to determine whether a physical or chemical change has occurred.
SPI 3210.5.1
Compare and contrast the structural, functional, and behavioral adaptations of animals or plants found in different environments.
SPI 3210.5.2
Recognize the relationship between form and function in living things.
SPI 3210.T/E.2
Evaluate a protocol to determine the degree to which an engineering design process was successfully applied.
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Unit Components

Unit Variations

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The websites in the interactive reading sections can be adjusted to different websites on students reading levels or the questions from the reading can be adjusted.

The product can be adjusted to meet the students’ needs.  The product can be less open-ended and provide guided questions for students who need the scaffolding.

Helpful Hints

This Unit is split into two different types of lessons based on the grade levels they are to be taught in. Some are meant for Middle and others for High school level students. The Subject Areas covered in this Unit range from English/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Visual Arts.