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Lesson Plans


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Sat, 17 Aug 1996 19:46:39 -0400

School is looming as our year begins on Monday. In my middle school classes,
we usually begin the day with a "question of the day" and a vocab word to be
answered and defined by the kids in their sketcbook journals. The question is
usually (but not always) related to art and sometimes directly related to the
project we're working on. Some examples would be:
List as many different kinds of jobs that you can think of that artists might
Where would you go to find art in LaCrosse?
What is the most important character trait for an artist to have?
Why have many people drawn or painted self portraits?
What do we do in our culture to make ourselves more beautiful or attrctive?

Anyway, you probably get the drift. Lots of times these questions deal with
aesthetic concerns or with art criticism, in which case I might ask about a
work in progress that is displayed on the board. Sometimes we discuss their
answers, other times I respond in writing as I review their journals. My
question to you -- can you think of other interesting questions to ask kids?
I am sure that many minds would be far richer than just mine! Thanks in
advance for your ideas. The recent sculpure ideas were terrific!
Marcia Thompson
Middle School Art Teacher
West Salem, WI