Mixed Media Project - "Where I'm From poem" - AP Art & AP ELA -Advanced

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9th - 12th, Homeschool
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Now updated for Google Digital Use. Integrating English Language Arts and Fine Art is wonderful way to increase student literacy. In this lesson students create a piece of artwork based on the "Where I'm From" poem template. In this lesson they will learn to match up visual elements and emotions to create a piece of art with meaning.

I am an art teacher so the main focus of this lesson is on visual literacy but it would also be great for an AP Language Arts class. I taught this for the first time last semester and they came out amazing, but be prepared for some pretty deep stuff. This lesson requires higher level thinking and a basic understanding of the elements and principles of art.


• 6 Page Lesson Plan with National Standards for Visual Arts and Common Core Standards for English Language Arts; Big idea, Essential questions, Objectives, Instructional Materials, Supplies and detailed process. Also included are Resource links, vocabulary and rubric. All editable.

• 36 page powerpoint (editable)

  • Google Slides Presentation

• "Where I'm From" poem template (editable Word document)

  • Google Digital Template

• Graphic organizer PDF worksheet (helps students identify emotions in poems and match those emotions to colors, lines and objects.)

  • Google Digital Template

• Line and Emotion PDF worksheet

  • Google Digital Template

• Student self-evaluation (Editable Word document)

  • Google Digital Template

• Powerpoint includes short review of emotion of line, color match-up and uses student examples to review emphasis

• Link to a video of me demonstrating a credit card scrape technique using acrylic paint for background

Demonstration Video of Emotion of LIne

• Examples of student artwork including background, poems, and final art.

• Materials list

• Assessment guidelines

If you like this lesson check out my other ELA integrated lessons here:

Found Poetry Lesson

Hand Self-Portrait Lesson

Inner Gremlin Video Lesson

National Visual Arts Standards:

• Anchor Standards:

o Creating:

 Anchor Standard #1. Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.

 Anchor Standard #2. Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.

 Anchor Standard #3. Refine and complete artistic work.

o Responding:

 Anchor Standard #8. Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.

o Connecting:

 Anchor Standard #10. Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.

o Presenting:

 Anchor Standard #5. Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

• High School Standards:

 VA:Cr1.1.HSI Use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors.

 VA:Cr1.2.HSI Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present-day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.

 VA:Cr2.2.HSI Explain how traditional and non-traditional materials may impact human health and the environment and demonstrate safe handling of materials, tools, and equipment.

 VA:Cr3.1.HSII Engage in constructive critique with peers, then reflect on, re-engage, revise, and refine works of art and design in response to personal artistic vision.

 VA:Re8.1.HSI Interpret an artwork or collection of works, supported by relevant and sufficient evidence found in the work and its various contexts.

 VA:Cn10.1.HSI Document the process of developing ideas from early stages to fully elaborated ideas.

 VA:Pr5.1.HSI Analyze and evaluate the reasons and ways an exhibition is presented.

Total Pages
38 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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