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More Schools Are Working to Integrate the Arts Into Classroom Learning

The third-graders at Capitol Heights Elementary School outside of Washington, D.C., are showing what they have learned about ancient Chinese dynasties, but there is no conventional quiz. They are gathered in small groups writing song lyrics — testing ideas, rhyming words, adding details, singing to each other.

Some perform for the class.

“The wall of China is a wall that protects us from bad guys,” one girl sings, as teacher Tifany Champouillon listens for the lesson’s main ideas.