Life Lessons in all Shapes

4th and 5th grade

Big Idea

Personal narratives with comics

Key Concepts

  • Art can tell stories. It can be read, like reading a book

  • Sharing our experiences can help us process how we feel and understand ourselves better

  • Listening to our classmates stories can help us understand them better and see the world from a different perspective.

Students experiment with new ways of observational drawing.

Essential Questions

Students compare and contrast paintings in a discussion focused on interpreting artwork.

  1. In what ways do artists tell stories?

  2. Is it important to tell our stories/experiences? Why?

  3. How does listening to other peoples stories build community, empathy, connections?

  4. How does art help us understand the lives of people who are different from us?

National Art Standards

Creating

  • 4th-VA:Cr2.3.4a  Document, describe, and represent regional constructed environments.

  • 5th- VA:Cr2.3.5a  Identify, describe, and visually document places and/or objects of personal significance.

Responding

  • 4th- VA:Re.7.2.4a Analyze components in visual imagery that convey messages.

  • 5th- VA:Re.7.1.5a Compare one's own interpretation of a work of art with the interpretation of others.

Connecting

  • 4th-VA:Cn11.1.4a Through observation, infer information about time, place, and culture in which a work of art was created. 

  • 5th- VA:Cn11.1.5a Identify how art is used to inform or change beliefs, values, or behaviors of an individual or society.

Featured Artists

Laylah Ali

Pranav Sood

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Lynda Barry

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Looking and Talking 

  • What is the story, what do you think is going on?

  • What do you see that makes you say that?

Students generated ideas for personal narratives collaboratively using Jamboard.
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Student Work
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