Art making is a powerful way to understand the world around us. One of my criteria for quality art instruction, then, is that it must be designed – not just to allow – but to promote this process for our students. One way to understand our world is by creating another. Kate Messner’s Ted Ed video provides a quick introduction to the idea of building a fictional world. Check it out, and consider all of the ways you could help your students better understand our world by creating a fictional one.


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