In this lesson students
use previously developed criteria to
analyze and decode other portraits that may not be as well-known.
1. What criteria
did we develop?
The teacher begins
this lesson by reviewing the questions in the criteria developed by
students during the previous lesson.
2. Can we apply
this criteria to other portraits?
Then the teacher
shows another portrait or portraits, one(s) lesser known, and asks the
students to work in small groups or individually to answer the questions
in the criteria.
In a technology-based
classroom or lab, students could select portraits from the resources
listed below and view them online. The portraits could be printed and
displayed,with student descriptions.
3. How can you
describe a portrait?
Students can share
the answers about the portraits in a variety of ways.
Students can present their summary to the entire class or to each
other in small groups.
can provide their answers in a short writing assignment. Depending
on the age of the students and their writing abilities, the assignment
might be as simple as one that summarizes what the portrait reveals
or as complex as writing a short story or poem about the subject of
Students can write a headline and a caption for the portrait as if
it is in a newspaper. These headlines can be placed under the picture
if displayed on a bulletin board.
can take the role of the subject of the portrait and perform a short
skit as that character.