A Thanksgiving integrated activity! Main idea and details have a visual focus in this Language Arts-integrated activity. Students observe the overall subject matter of an art work and then identify the details that support their observations.
**This lesson is included in the “Learn Language Arts Strategies with Art” series.**
Representational art often communicates an idea. Because an artist uses pictures rather than words, visual details are used to add context and nuance. In this activity, students establish the general idea of the work, then look for and identify details to support their ideas.
This lesson includes
- suggested art works especially suited to identifying main idea and details
- summary of the general procedure
- list of materials needed and preparation required
- step-by-step directions for looking at art
- suggested questions for art observation
- suggestions for extending the lesson with art and reading
- list of related resources to enhance the lesson
- a student response worksheet that can be used for supporting main idea with details
This comprehensive lesson is designed to address language arts skills along with art appreciation and art analysis. Extensions can expand the lesson into art technique and art history.
********** PLEASE NOTE ***********
This lesson is one in a series
in which students are engaged in art observation activities that focus on specific skills including compare and contrast, fact and opinion, main idea and details, making generalizations, making inferences, vocabulary learning strategies, and more.
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Learn Language Arts Strategies With Art - BUNDLE
Related resources to use with this activity:
See Artist Biographies for Kids
for a selection of one-page artist biographies and accompanying student response worksheets.
Download the free resource Looking at Art with Kids
for additional ideas and suggestions for using art observations across the curriculum.
Related art lessons to use for exending this lesson:
Learn to Draw People
Still Life for Kids
For more art-integration ideas and suggestions, download my free resource:
Making Time For Art
Creating Art With Kids
resources are designed to focus primarily on the creative process. They are intended to be open-ended enough to encourage student creativity and detailed enough to give teachers clear direction.
Visit my blog, Creating Art With Kids,
for detailed descriptions and helpful tips about the teaching process for many of my art lessons.
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