LESSON ONE: Demonstration
Modeling a Think Aloud
Begin the lesson by displaying a work of art that is "kid-friendly." Tell the class about the artist, so that the students will know some interesting details about the artist's life. Choose your artwork wisely - bright colors, abstract shapes, and creative subject matter all serve to inspire conversation!
Model a think-aloud, discussing your thoughts about the chosen piece. For example, "This painting makes me happy. I think the artist was remembering his childhood when he did this painting. The shapes remind me of balloons and animals - maybe he was remembering going to a county fair!"
Draw a bubble map on the board and write the name of the painting in the center, then words such as "happy, balloons, animals, fair" in the surrounding bubbles. Add more bubbles, and ask the students to share what they think.
Guided Practice - Completing the Graphic Organizer
Take down the "practice" artwork and display a different one. Once again, tell the students some interesting things about the artist. Write the name of the artist, where the artist is from, and the style of art on the board, so students will have a scaffold to work from. Invite small groups of students to come up to the board and study the artwork up close, so they can see the details. Ask if they have questions about anything before they start.
Once everyone is back in their seats, ask students to create their own bubble map with words that they identify with the new piece of art. Choose an artwork that is totally different from the demonstration piece, so students won't be tempted to use the same words from the first bubble map. Students should write at least five things about the artist in their bubbles.