Learning in Comfort
By Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, September 13, 2006
- High School
- Furniture Design
- Language Arts
- Social Studies
Common Core Standards
Anchors for Reading:
Key Ideas and Details:
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Anchor standards for Speaking and Listening:
Comprehension and Collaboration:
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.
Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas:
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.
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:
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
- conduct Internet research
- respond to writing prompts
- create a graphic organizer
- analyze and evaluate information
- create a design for a desk
- evaluate group work
- conduct surveys
- create a presentation
- "Desktop Musings" handout
- "Learning in Style Contest" handout
- computer with Internet access
- drawing materials
- markers, pencils, crayons, etc.
Building Background Seat of LearningThe purpose of this activity is to allow students to explore examples of classroom desks from the past. 1. Divide your class into small groups and ask them to view the following Internet sites, which feature pictures of classroom desks.
- Indiana Historical Society
- New York State Archives
- What are the differences in design, construction and materials of the old desks and the new desks?
- What can we learn about society's view of education from the way the desks were designed?
Steps for Learning Learning in Style DesignThe purpose of this activity is to provide students with an opportunity to use the steps of the design process to create a new student desk. 1. Divide the class into small groups. Give each group a copy of the "Learning in Style Design Contest" handout. 2. After the votes have been counted, host a discussion on the winning desk design.