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    Skateboarding Art & Design

    English Language Arts with dual credit opportunities in Health, PE, Art, Design

    Content Area(s)
    English Language Arts
    Digital Media Art (CTE)

    9, 10,11,12

    Bobi Blue, Carolyne Haycraft

    Alliance HS @ Kenton

    Essential Question(s) or Theme(s)
    How can we use different structures and modes of writing to reflect and document our experiences in designing and constructing a personalized skateboard?

    In this interdisciplinary project, students use design thinking and process to make and publicly exhibit personalized skateboards. From community partners CalSkate and ArtDesignXchange and local skating champions, students learn the history and social significance of skating in Portland. Through journals and work logs, students reflect on and document their creative process and learning experience.

    Project Length
    6 Weeks

    Project Deliverables
    Personalized Skateboard
    Editorial reviews of Skateboarding Film or Skater Biography
    Mood boards, journal reflections, designs

    Community Partners
    Cal Skate
    ADX (Art Design Xchange)


    • CCSS ELA W.9-10.2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
    • CCSS ELA SL.9-10.1. Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
    • CCSS ELA L.9-10.2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
    • CCSS ELA RI.9-10.2. Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
    • CCSS ELAStudent W.9-10.6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.