Language of Art Unit
- Grade Level: Middle School, High School
- Subject Area: Art, Foreign Languages
Students write their aesthetic and critical responses to the common images from Lesson Three in a foreign language and exchange them with the students in the collaborating classroom.
- Write aesthetic and critical responses to artworks in a foreign language.
- Evaluate artworks from aesthetic and critical perspectives.
- Develop skill in a foreign language through an authentic activity.
- Compare multiple purposes for creating works of art.
Materials and Resources
In developing our lessons and activities, we made some
assumptions about the hardware
and software that would be available in the classroom for teachers who
LETSNet Website. We assume that teachers using our Internet-based lessons or
activities have a computer with the necessary hardware components (mouse,
monitor) as well as a World Wide Web browser. In the section below, we
specify any "special"
requirements for a lesson or activity (in addition to those described above)
and the level of Internet access required to do the activity.
Special hardware requirements: None.
Special software requirements: None.
Internet access: A medium-speed or higher connection.
Human resources: The foreign language instructor or a volunteer with expertise in the second language.
- Introduce the lesson by outlining for students the plans for the next two class sessions. Review with students their aesthetic and critical inquiry skills, that they have practiced translating aesthetic discourse into a foreign language, and their agreement to analyze artworks in a foreign language with another group of students. Let students know that in this lesson, they will write aesthetic and critical responses to selected images and that they will exchange those responses with the collaborating class.
- Have students look at the images from the Internet site that has been selected and write their responses to them in the foreign language. Students should use the questions and vocabulary words developed in Lessons One and Two to guide their observations.
- Divide students into pairs and ask them to read each other's written observations and suggest changes to the authors. Have students give their written observations to the foreign language teacher for final revisions.
- Exchange students' final written observations with their collaborating students through e-mail or regular post.
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