Why are art, music, and media components of the units?

Great Minds promotes the importance of all students studying the arts, and so we have highlighted places where ELA instruction could be enhanced by connecting a work of literature or an objective of the unit to art, music, or film. For example, students might compare a novel, story, or play to its film or musical rendition. Where a particular period of literature or the literature of a particular region or country is addressed, works of art from that period or country may also be examined. We suggest, for example, that students study self-portraiture when they are encountering memoirs. In each case, connections are made to the standards themselves. The inclusion of these works in our English curriculum is NOT intended to substitute for or infringe in any way upon instruction students should receive in separate arts and music classes.