Reflection: High Expectations Close Read: A Day's Work - Art Integration - Section 3: The Gleaners - Compare and Contrast


While we were discussing "The Gleaners" together as a class, I held up the poster of the reprinted painting and just asked the kids to talk about what they saw and noticed in the painting.  They picked up on great things in the picture, I would ask, "Anyone else have something to add?" after each student added to the discussion.  After a few times of asking if anyone else had anything to add, one student raised his hand and asked, "What is it that you want us to see."  

This was a powerful statement for me.  Our students have been spoon feed answers in their previous experience with education.  They don't want to have to think, analyze, debate.  They just want the answer.  I am so glad that the CCSS are requiring more from our students than to spit out and answer.  We need to have high expectations for our students and let them think, analyze, debate, etc.

I think the student was shocked when I responded that I wasn't looking for them to find anything specific in the painting.  I just want to see what stands out to you.  Why you think the artist included it.  We each view things differently and it is fun to see how someone else views the same painting in a very different way than you do.  I gave the example that I had not noticed that there were people in the background.  Maybe because of my bad eyes, maybe because that was not where my focus was.  But one of the students pointed that out and I found it fascinating.  

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Close Read: A Day's Work - Art Integration

Unit 9: Close Read - A Day's Work
Lesson 5 of 6

Objective: SWBAT compare and contrast "A Day's Work" by Eve Bunting with "The Gleaners" painting by Millet. The will also use art to express their ideas about Honesty.

Big Idea: We will be learning more about Jean Francois Millet and comparing his painting "The Gleaners" with "A Day's Work." We will then complete an art project to tie it all together.

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English / Language Arts, Reading, Comprehension (Reading), art, close read, compare and contrast, Eve Bunting, A Day's Work, Jean Francois Millet, The Gleaners
  65 minutes
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