Students in grades five and six will participate in a poetry writing activity that is based on pieces of art.
One fifty-six minute class period
Students will be engaged in journal writing activities throughout the school year that includes response to art. This activity will help prepare them for the present lesson.
Various art prints, sketchbooks, pencils
· Students will write a poem that is a response to a piece of art
· Students will analyze their pieces of art, identifying the elements of art
· Students will use these elements to gather information about the meaning of the piece of art
Students will look at various examples of pieces of art. They will individually identify the art elements in their sketchbooks. I am looking for them to respond with specificity, not just "I see shapes," but to describe the types of shapes they see. We will then as a group, try to come up with ideas for the meaning of the artwork, based on the elements that we see. I will provide evaluative questions to guide them through this process. Some of the questions may include: What do the colors in this piece say about the meaning? What do the lines say about the piece? Students will then write ideas for words to use in their poem. Students will begin to formulate their poems in their sketchbooks and share them with the class at the next class meeting.
Students will be evaluated based on their participation in class. They will also be assessed on their finished poem, as well as the process they used to come up with this poem.