Chairs, Chairs, Everywhere…
By Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, October 4, 2006
- High School
- Furniture Design
- Language Arts
Common Core State Standards:
Anchor Standards for Writing
Text Types and Purposes:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences.
Production and Distribution of Writing:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
Range of Writing:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Anchor standards for Speaking and Listening
Comprehension and Collaboration:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.1 Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.6 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Anchor standards for Language:
Conventions of Standard English:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
- respond to writing prompts
- draw artistic renderings
- conduct Internet research
- compare, contrast, and evaluate diverse sources of information
- respond to aesthetic elements of chair design
- write captions and create a catalog presentation
- computer with Internet Access
- "The Chair: A Catalog of Design" handout
- drawing or construction paper
- markers, crayons, pencils
Building Background My Favorite ChairThe purpose of this activity is to help students activate their background knowledge on the activity topic. 1. Ask each student to respond to the following prompts:
- Write a brief description of your favorite chair.
- Draw a picture of your favorite chair.
- How are the chairs different from each other?
- How are the chairs similar to each other?
- What are some of the words you would use to describe the chairs?
Steps for Learning Cataloging the ChairThe purpose of this activity is to help students become aware of the diversity of design in everyday life. 1. Divide the class into small groups and tell them that they are going to create a catalog that contains different kinds of chairs. Give each group a copy of the "The Chair: A Catalog of Design" handout, and provide the students with construction paper, scissors, glue, pens, markers, and crayons to use in constructing the catalogs. 2. After each group has constructed its catalog, have the students present their work to their classmates. 3. Host a mock design award show using the students' catalog selections. First, as a class, decide what categories you will use for the awards. The following is a list of suggestions:
- Best Design
- Worst Design
- Best Use of Color
- Most Original Design
- Worst Pattern
- Strangest Design
- Most Uncomfortable