Respect Through the Arts Project

Respect Through the Arts Project (RAP)

Respect through the Arts Project, designed for grades K – 8, is centered on exploring respect through the arts. Each lesson begins with an essential question focused on respect and explores SEL competencies.

The goal of RAP is to creatively explore the world of social and emotional learning through the developmentally appropriate artistic expression using:

• Mixed media

• Tactile experiences

• 3-D art

• Collages

• Creative dramatics

• Emotional awareness

Respect Through the Arts (RAP) is a presentation of eight to ten lessons centered on exploring respect through the arts. Lessons begin with an essential question focused on “Respect”.

If you are interested in having Respect Through the Arts program in your school next year, please contact our office at 302-656-2122.

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Lesson 1: Students will understand how the creative process can help to foster respect for self and others.

  • Essential Question: When you hear the word Respect, what do you think of? (Brainstorm responses)
    • SEL Competencies will focus on: Self-Awareness, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills
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Lesson 2: Students will understand that facial expressions and visual symbols can communicate feelings to others.

  • Essential Question: How are you feeling today and why?
    • SEL Competencies will focus on: Social Awareness, Self-Awareness
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Lesson 3: Students will understand the value of supporting each other by giving helpful suggestions.

  • Essential Question: Have you ever had someone approach you too closely that made you feel uncomfortable? If so, why? If time permits, discuss spatial boundaries.
    • SEL Competencies will focus on: Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Self-Awareness
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Lesson 4: Students will understand the importance of listening and that listening is subject to individual interpretation and creativity.

  • Essential Question: Have you ever had a conflict with a friend(s) that was tough to solve because you and your friend(s) saw it in different ways? Explain.
    • SEL Competencies will focus on: Self-Awareness, Social Awareness
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Lesson 5: Students will understand the importance of being able to get in touch with their feelings.

  • Essential Question: Extend arms, palms up, out to the side, bending body to the left then to the right while asking, “Have you ever felt out of balance like a see saw, playing too much and not working or working too much and not playing? Share.
    • SEL Competencies will focus on: Self-Awareness
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Lesson 6: Students will understand that people can become more resilient when they learn to embrace “happy accidents” through the creative process.

  • Essential Question: Look around and observe your classmates. What do you have that is alike? What is different?
    • SEL Competencies will focus on: Social Awareness, Relationship Skills
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Lesson 7: Students will understand that imagination plays a major part when using the collage technique.

  • Essential Question: Think of a friend that you have. What do you like about them? Share.
    • SEL Competencies will focus on: Relationship Skills
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Lesson 8: Students will explore understanding the importance of self and others through the exchange of compliments for acts of respect and understand that the accumulated respectful acts of a group can foster unity, and in turn, lead to more positive behavior.

  • Essential Question: How is perseverance like glue? (Elicit responses – Facilitator explains that a winner in life “sticks to” a task like glue. They do not give up on achieving their goal(s). Ask: Are you perseverant? Why or why not?
    • SEL Competencies will focus on: Relationship Skills, Self-Management