Adult Ed

Student Masterpieces

Overview | Activities

Overview:

Talking about art can encourage language development as well as be a stimulus for creative writing. This lesson combines art and literature by engaging students in discussion and writing about masterpieces found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Level: ESL (Grades 6-12)

Subject Matter: ESOL, Language Arts and Art



Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to:
  • develop reading, writing, speaking and listening skills

  • build their knowledge of the genre of short stories

  • develop research skills

  • become familiar with New York City's museums



Standards:

Standards: New York State Education Department-Virtual Learning System
http://eservices.nysed.gov/vls/eslStandardSelection.do?title=
ESL%20Standard%20Selection&standardAreaID=3&gradeBandID=
2300&contentID=3798&skillID=3798


Standard 1 English for information and understanding
  • Students learning English as a second language will use English to acquire, interpret, apply and transmit information for content area learning and personal use. They will develop and use skills and strategies appropriate to their level of English proficiency to collect data, facts, and ideas; discover relationships, concepts, and generalizations; and use knowledge generated from oral, written, and electronically produced texts.

Standard 4 - English for classroom and social interaction.
  • Students learning English as a second language will use English to interact with others in social and classroom situations. They will develop and use skills and strategies appropriate to their level of English proficiency to communicate effectively with regard to audience, purpose, and setting.



Media components
  • The University of Wales
    http://users.aber.ac.uk/jpm/ellsa/ellsa_elements.html
    This site provides an overview of the five important elements of short stories.

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art of Art
    www.metmuseum.org
    This site offers information about visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art of Art and provides online access to the museum's collections. Visitors also have the option to set up their own online Met Gallery of favorite art objects.

  • Puzzlemaker
    www.puzzlemaker.com
    This site allows teachers to customize word searches and crossword puzzles using their word lists.

  • Merriam-Webster Online
    www.m-w.com
    This site provides a free online dictionary, thesaurus, audio pronunciations, Word of the Day, word games, and other English language resources.



Supplies:
  • Newsprint
  • Markers
  • Art postcards
  • Paint
  • Colored pencils
  • Colored paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue


Handouts:

Prep for Teachers:
  • Review materials and Web sites.
  • Schedule a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • Schedule computer lab if appropriate.
  • Make copies of handouts for students.
  • Cut One Question Interview into strips.



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