This is a four-page packet on the artist Chuck Close. Close creates portraits that are both abstract and yet realistic. I designed this text from reliable sources, and I tailored it to an upper-elementary/middle school reading level. I specifically use it for fourth grades.
The packet gives a two-page reading that includes a biography of Close. It details his struggles in life and his evolution of art.
There are bold words within the text that challenge students to decode based on context clues.
The third page of the packet asks students critical thinking questions. There are lines for students to respond using complete sentences. Questions include defining words, explaining both realistic and abstract art, and sequencing events.
The fourth page is a great language arts resource. Of the ten bold words within the text, it asks students to choose four of them. Using context clues, students should decode the meaning of each word they chose.
This packet is a great example of how to incorporate cross-curricular activities in art class and meet the CCSS.
Coordinating Chuck Close PowerPoint Found Here
See this product in action on my art education blog here: http://mrskart.blogspot.com/2014/06/chuck-close-self-portraits.html