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Digital Unit Plan Template

Unit Title: The Art of Weaving Name: Ms. Valiollah

Content Area: Visual Art Grade Level: 9-12
CA Content Standard(s)/Common Core Standard(s):
1.0 ARTISTIC PERCEPTION Students perceive and respond to works of art, objects in nature, events, and the
environment. They also use the vocabulary of the visual arts to express their observations.

2.0 CREATIVE EXPRESSION Students apply artistic processes and skills, using a variety of media to communicate
meaning and intent in original works of art.
2.1 Solve a visual arts problem that involves the effective use of the elements of art and the principles of design.
2.2 Prepare a portfolio of original two-and three-dimensional works of art that reflects refined craftsmanship and
technical skills.

3.0 HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL CONTEXT Students analyze the role and development of the visual arts in past and
present cultures throughout the world, noting human diversity as it relates to the visual arts and artists.
3.3 Identify and describe trends in the visual arts and discuss how the issues of time, place, and cultural influence are
reflected in selected works of art.

Big Ideas:

Importance of Weaving: Traditional weaving define the cultures and behaviors of indigenous people.
Purpose of Weaving: Weaving serves many purposes for artists, including self-expression and self-promotion.
Besides, the process of weaving helps artists to develop their critical thinking, problem solving, and pattern-making
Communicating Through Art: Understanding the elements and principals of design helps artists communicate a
message more effectively.

Unit Goals and Objectives:

Each student will:
broaden their artistic expressions through learning and developing their weaving skills.
Value the traditions and skills of early weavers (Native American, Navajo Weavers).
Improve their observational weaving skills.

Unit Summary:

Look around yourself and pay attention to things that are made by weaving. For instance, your jacket, your t-shirt, your
pants, your blanket and so on, have all been made or clothe. In the past by weaving. Weaving is a method of fabric
production in which two sets of yarns or threads are interlaced at right angle to form a fabric, hand weaving was more
in practice than nowadays. The main purpose of weaving was to make clothing, sail for boats, tents, carpets, sheets,
towels, bags to carry things in, and many other things. After industrial revolution, hand weaving has been dramatically
declined and became a mechanized process, however hand weaving is still in practice.
In this unit, you will learn the art of weaving and broaden your artistic expressions through weaving skills. You will learn
different types of weaving then you will incorporate them in creation of your final woven bag.
As you create your woven bag, you will record the process by taking photos and create a comprehensive digital
You will also explore and learn about Navajos weaving, culture, symbols, and their designs.

Assessment Plan:
Entry-Level: Formative: Summative:

Think Pair Share and Discussion: Guided Note responses on Prezi Final Critique: A Woven Bag
identifying elements and principles of presentation (weaving skills, patterns, Answering Questions: artwork
designs on each other cloths sketches) critique form
Web-Quest responses to art of
Navajo Weaving
Concept Map on Navajo Chief
Quiz Weaving Vocabulary,
understanding Navajos Weaving

Lesson 1
Student Learning Acceptable Instructional Lesson Activities:
Objective: Evidence: Strategies: This lesson will serve as an introduction to weaving
Demonstrate an Students can techniques, vocabularies, patterns. It will also
understanding of identify different Communication introduce students to the long history of weaving
weaving history, weaving techniques Collection focusing on Navajos weaving. In addition, in this
terms, vocabulary, and different Collaboration lesson, students will sketch their woven bags.
pattern. weavings patterns. Presentation
Complete sketch of Students Organization Think Pair Share
the final woven bag. understand Interaction This unit begins with an entry-level assessment that
that weaving has gauges students understanding of elements and
been known since principles of design in textile. Students observe each
Paleolithic era. other cloths ( t-shirts, pants, skirts, shorts,) then,
Students will also they discuss how textures, lines, forms, and color,
complete the sketch can express and reveal something about look,
of their final woven feeling, and mood. They have a worksheet to answer
bag. to the related questions. As they observe and look to
each other cloths, they answer the following
What kind of lines (vertical, horizontal, curved,
diagonal) do they see?
They determine 4 common color schemes with
names of color? (monochromatic, analogous,
complementary, Neutral)
What kind of texture do they see and feel?
(smooth/rough, shiny/dull, soft/bulky, etc.)
What elements of design do they see?
What principles of design do they see?
This assessment will give me a clearer idea of how
students view the unit topic, and it will prepare
students for the unit by prompting them to think
about and refresh their information about principle
and elements of design.

Teacher Lecture: Guided Note

After completing the pair share activity, students will
read/watch a teacher lecture that introduces them to
the art of weaving. Students will study and go
through the Prezi presentation in lesson 1 (the art of
weaving); then under Guided note, they will answer
to the questions, draw, and sketch their final woven
bag (the last slide shows the example of the
completed sketch)

Guided notes will help students record and organize

critical information, allowing them to easily reference
this lectures information throughout the unit.

Teacher Lecture
Lecture and Guided Notes
Lesson 2
Student Learning Acceptable Instructional Lesson Activities:
Objective: Evidence: Strategies:
Students will Using provided Web-quest:
analyze and websites, students Communication This activity will introduce students to the process of
understand of will complete a web- Collection researching about Navajo weaving process. The
weaving process quest to gather Collaboration webquest will ask students to collect information,
among Navajo tribe. information on Presentation synthesize that information, analyze Navajo designs,
Navajos weaving. Organization and make judgments about their weaving . It
Interaction provides students with specific questions to help
them determine the most useful information for
analyzing Navajo weaving.


Lesson 3
Student Learning Acceptable Instructional Lesson Activities:
Objective: Evidence: Strategies:
Analyze, and report Students will create Concept Map
on the work of a a concept map Communication This activity will serve as a formative assessment to
Navajo Chief selecting a Navajo Collection gauge how good students can analyze Navajos
Blankets, focusing blanket and Collaboration blankets. Students will reinforce their knowledge in
on three main describing it in Presentation principles of design in a selected Navajo blanket.
categories: terms of principles Organization Students will prepare their analysis in the form of a
Principles of of designs, color interactive concept map to help them organize their thoughts.
Designs, Color schemes, and
Schemes, and historical and
Cultural and cultural facts. Directions:
historical elements. Begin researching for this concept map by reading
Symbols and Motifs in Navajo Weavings, The Brief
History of Navajo Chief Blanket and their Three
Phases . While reading, take note of any key
elements in each phases of Navajo Chief blankets
such as designs, symbols, functions, types of
weaving, time frame.
After gathering this information, pick one of the
images below to analyze in your concept map. (See
the example)

1. Your concept map must start with your

selected image.
2. Analyze the image in terms of three main
categories: (Just like the example below)
Principles of Design
Color Scheme
Cultural and Historical elements
3. Your subcategories must at least include:
3 principles of design with brief
description for each (visit here to review
the principles of Design)
2 color schemes (See the example) with
brief description (visit here to review
color schemes on Color Wheel)
3 cultural and historical facts.
In this part:
First subcategory: you will
analyze the blanket by looking
carefully to the composition of
the design and explain briefly
if the blanket belongs to any of
the Navajo phases. If it is not,
explain why.
Second and third
subcategories can be anything
from the time when the
blanket was made, the
function and usage, and the

Lesson 4
Student Learning Acceptable Instructional Lesson Activities:
Objective: Evidence Strategies: Woven bag
Students will Student creates a Inform students that they will be weaving a bag with
develop their woven bag that Communication yarn. Their goals for their woven bag are to have a
observational shows different Collection linear design, use three color (color schemes), use of
weaving skill and weaving pattern, Collaboration three or more weaving type, closure of some kind
will complete a specific color Presentation and finished top. Remind students to consider what
woven bag. schemes, and Organization they learned in the previous lessons on color wheel to
understanding of Interaction help them choose their color schemes.
elements and
principles of Woven bag Sketch:
designs. After showing an example my woven bag and a
demonstration of building a loom and different
weaving technique, students will sketch their final.
The criteria for this sketch is:
1. Closure of some kind
2. Finished top
3. Three or more colors 9color schemes
4. Two or more types of weaving
5. At least 8 by 10
6. Linear design

Final Woven Bag:

Students will present their finished woven bag in final
critique and answering the following questions:
Name different weaving techniques that they
used in their artwork
Discuss the choose of their color schemes
Discuss the elements and principles of design
used in their woven bag.
Explain what qualities of the artwork make
they feel it is a successful artwork or not?

Unit Resources:

Digital Unit Plan Site

Teacher Lecture on The Art of Weaving

Woven Bag tutorial video

Navajo Weaving

Symbols and Motifs in Navajo Weaving

Navajo Rug Exhibit

Navajo Weaving Quizlet

Brief History of Navajo Weaving

Navajo Chief Blankets

Concept Map Rubric

Concept Map Example

Final Critique Rubric


Useful Websites:

Color Theory

How to Critique Artwork

Weaving Techniques

Weaving Techniques 2

Assessment Plan
Entry Level Formative Summative

Think-Pair Share-brief discussion

Guided note- responses to Prezi presentation
Web-Quest- responses to art of Navajo
Concept Map- Navajo chief Blankets
Quiz-Weaving Vocabularies/terms,
understanding of Navajo weaving
Final Critique- Woven
questions- artwork
critique form
Nam Dat
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Guided Notes
Look at the weaving types below and write the name of each.

II. Name two functions of weaving in the past?

What are the most important terms in weaving? Name 4 of them.

Draw these 4 types of weaving below:

Tabby Basket Egyptian Rya or

knot shag
In the box below, sketch your desired woven bag and include all following

label the color scheme where three colors will be used.

Cut examples of the yarn you are planning on using.
Two types of weaving techniques and where they will be used. (tabby,
basket, egyptian knot, shag)
Dimensions (size) of bag. (8x10 or 10x8)
Type of top (coil, fold under, shag)
Closure: button, velcro, zipper, drawstring, etc
Any other extras you want to include (handle, patch, pocket, beads,

Navajo Weaving

Where Navajo lands are located? What are the best known and most easily
recognized American Indian art forms?

What Spider Woman taught Navajo men and women about weaving according to the oral

According to archeologist who did Navajo weavers learn from?

What is the major differences between Pueblo weaving and Navajo weaving?
Pueblo Navajo

Briefly explain why weaving process for Navajo people is closely attuned with spiritual
Symbol and Motifs in Navajos Weaving
What was the main symbol and dominated motif that Navajo used in their weaving? Why
such a motif was important for them?

What are the two earliest design elements that are utilized by Navajo weavers? What does
these motifs mean to them?

What does zigzags design symbolize in Navajos weaving design?

What is the intention behind the lightning bolts design in Navajos rugs?

What are the colors that Navajo weavers used in early day? Why did they
develop their palette to more colors?

How to Identify Navajo Textiles

Briefly describe how you can recognize and identify Navajo rugs from their warps?

How can you identify Navajo rugs?

Navajo Designs

As you look through Navajo rug exhibits, briefly explain what elements and principles of
design you can see in different rugs?

Which rug you like the best and why in this exhibition?
Navajo Weaving and Weaving Vocabulary Quizlet

Please study this Quizlet card sets to get a grasp of the material in this
lesson for the upcoming quiz.