Voice of the People Virtual High School Curriculum

Voice of the People Virtual High School Curriculum

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Recommended for Grades 9-12

What is Voice of the People?

MOCA Jacksonville's Voice of the People is an innovative, literacy-based educational arts initiative that hones critical thinking and communication skills as it develops a deeper understanding of contemporary art. MOCA delivers Voice of the People to fourth-grade students at Title I schools. During several visits to MOCA, students are introduced to the Permanent Collection, from which they select works of art that speak to them. The students analyze the works, prepare descriptive narratives, and create recordings that serve as part of the Museum's audio guide, accessible to all those who visit the galleries and view the chosen works of art. In addition to gaining familiarity and comfort within the Museum setting and a greater appreciation for art, Voice of the People improves critical thinking skills, encourages participation, develops creative writing and verbal presentation skills, and enhances self-esteem. It also has quantifiable, proven results: Children who participate in the program exponentially improve their reading and writing scores, year-over-year. 

For more information and assistance on implementing digital curriculum, please email Kiersten Barnes, the J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Educator for Family and Children's Programs, at k.barnes@unf.edu

Digital Curriculum for Remote Learning

MOCA has adapted the Voice of the People model into a new digital curriculum format for easy access by educators. The curriculum develops students' skills in visual analysis, critical thinking, and writing.

The Voice of the People Curriculum is designed to be delivered in the following format:

Step 1:  Students select 1 artwork from the provided Artist Fact Sheets. All artworks are from MOCA Jacksonville's Permanent Collection. Click the links below for Artist Fact Sheets.

Step 2:   Students complete “What do you see?”

Step 3:  Students complete “What do you think?”

Step 4:  Students complete “Write about It."

Click Here for Teacher Information and High School Curriculum Standards.