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Topic: Need Multicultural Lesson
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Re: Need Multicultural Lesson
Posted: Mar 8, 1997 5:07 PM
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Michelle said:

<< I choose the topic of Algebra with a concentration on graphing and
functions. However, as a requirement we are to write one multicultural
lesson. >>

One type of Islamic art is very geometric. Its base is lines and circles.
The artists start with two lines that intersect at right angles. Then they
draw a circle with its center as the intersection point of the two lines.
More circles and lines are drawn from there. The centers of the circles
are always the intersection points of circles and circles or circles and
lines. Lines are drawn from points where circles intersect circles or
other lines. Once they have drawn many lines and circles, they start
erasing pieces of the lines and circles until they create a unique

This type of art can be used in conjunction with your lesson. Have your
students make a piece of art using this method. Then have them place the
art on a graph. The students can find the equations of the lines and
circles in their drawings and their starting and ending points. If you
have computers available, the students can program the computer to make
their pattern.

As a start to the lesson, I would suggest finding photographs of this type
of Islamic art for your students to view. It will give them some idea of
what they are shooting for. At that time you can give some background
information about this art, tieing in the cultural aspect.

Have fun!

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