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New! Core French Rubrics
Use these eight rubrics to inspire and grade eight different French projects that incorporate composition and presentation, and sometimes illustration. Each rubric includes a brief description of the project and project requirements. French language learners are graded for written work and oral presentation skills on a scale from developing (not yet within expectations) to strong (exceeds expectations).
Students imagine they are a 'marchand-mercier' (or salesman) and write a persuasive letter to sell French items. In this art analysis instructional activity, students identify the role of a 'marchand-mercier' and write a three-paragraph letter to sell items to a client.
Students practice using the internet in order to investigate how to choose movies for viewing in Paris and how to find a location. This done using a specific website. They also review vocabulary related to different genres of art and film.
Although this lesson plan was written to use Express Magazine, it could easily be done with a different source. Pupils write on topics of their choosing, using vocabulary and phrases selected by the teacher. They then create their own vocabulary lists using words and phrases from various sources. There's a sample vocabulary list included to give you an idea of the types of phrases needed.
Learners study the importance of the Storyteller in ancient times as well as in modern times. They realize that this is an art essential to the development and evolution of the mind and that today more than ever we need to rely on Storytelling to fight the mental passivity resulting from the use and abuse of TV.
Students investigate the life of early man as depicted in the cave art in Lascaux and Chauvet in southwestern France. They use a variety of activities in an attempt to unravel the mystery surrounding the discovery.
Students compare the role of a marchand-mercier to that of a modern-day business counterpart and write a persuasive letter. In this French art lesson plan, students discuss the role of the marchand-mercier in French design and role-play his position to write a persuasive letter to sell the Lit à la Polonaiseto a client.
Students demonstrate their understanding of French text by correctly filling in a chart, and by responding to questions. They demonstrate an understanding of French adjectives by using appropriate written forms of adjectives when describing a partner's handwriting.
Modern art is great to experience because it brings contemporary issues into everyday conversation. Upper graders consider the work of Mickalene Thomas, an artist that uses photo collage techniques to capture the beauty of African American women in today's society. They can engage in any of the three suggested activities as a way to build a better understanding and deeper analysis of this modern art. Images, discussion questions, weblinks, ELA, social studies, and art activities are included.
VH1 Music Studio has put out another great lesson that incorporates analysis, compare/contrast, and musical terminology. Kids will listen to the song "Habanera" considering the use of specific instruments in evoking a sense of location. They then compare that to the use of Indian instruments in several of the Beatle's pieces. They then compose a simple piece using the concept of Exoticism discussed earlier.
Have your class compare and contrast the characteristics of the planets. First, they label a diagram of the Earth. Then, they identify the characteristics of other planets. Finally, they compare the planets, and share which would be the best to colonize.
Agnes Varda’s autobiographical “The Beaches of Agnes,” models for young filmmakers the cinematic self-portrait. Far from “old and plump,” Varda is a giant of filmmaking and will inspire your pupils. After watching a clip of this famous French woman, class members create a storyboard for their own reflection on a place, relationship, or experience of personal importance. Activities, extensions and adaptations, as well as assessment suggestions are included.
Students write creative story in French about their postcard, practice Regents composition structure, use pass?? compos?? with grammatical accuracy, and use on-line resources to find further information about the artist and painting.
Young scholars become familiar with the work of Claude Monet and his garden paintings. In this Monet lesson, students compare the garden works of Claude Monet. Young scholars examine pictures for the colors in his paintings. Students complete a word search to find the English and French names of the colors.
Learners establish their own design utilizing a similar composition to Monet's, integrate their drawing skills in creating a "garden by the sea."
Students explore and discuss Impressionism and artists, like Monet and Renoir, who defined the Impressionism Art Movement, choose an artist to research, and create web sites based on their research.
Take a trip down Pearblossom Highway with this instructional activity about comparing and contrasting. Using David Hockney's Pearblossom Hwy and another image of the same highway (photograph or other image), students compare and contrast the two artworks showing the same image. They write a descriptive composition based on the images, recognize one-point perspective in artwork, then apply this perspective in a drawing they create. This instructional activity includes additional extension activities.
Differentiating between Northen European art and Italian art, these slides detail the intricacies of art during the Renaissance. Flemish, French, German, and English art, as well as the art of the "Low Countries" (Austria, Spain, and Greece) are featured in rich, brilliant colors. This walk through a virtual museum will leave your class spellbound and inspired.
Students analyze Greek vase painting and create their own vase art. In this vase painting lesson, students analyze the design element shape and the relationship between figure and ground. Students design a figure/ground relationship using a letter of the alphabet. Students make an ambiguous figure/ground composition using the negative shapes from the letter project.
Learners explore how geometry is used on the composition of artworks by artists from different cultures. This lesson is equally suited for a Math or Art classroom at the late-elementary or early-middle school level.