TITLE: "Reading" a Painting Appropriate for grades 4-12.

AUTHOR: Cristina M. Donelson, Houston, TX

OVERVIEW: This lesson is suitable for use as a review by a social studies class from upper elementary level to high school.

OBJECTIVES: Reading a Painting is to review material in a unit prior to an examination on the unit.

ACTIVITIES: The class will be devided into two separated teams of equal size and ability. An additional student will be selected to serve as score keeper. The teacher will serve as a moderator. The word Michaelangelo and a scoring grid will be printed for each group on the chalkboard easily visible by the students. Using a meaninful painting, the moderator starts the game. Students begin to read the painting , The clues the painting gives will help remember the facts of the period. Each fact connected to the lesson will be worth 10 points. Each group will have 30 seconds to come up with a fact. If no answer is given or a wrong answer, it will be the other group's turn. The student should offer the facts unaided by any teammate. If a teammate attepts to assist the answer, the answer is void and the team will loose 10 points. If students cannot offer any more facts. Moderator will ask questions from the lesson.

This part of the game is group work. The team with more points starts. The team huddles together with its reference material to answer the questions. When a team answers incorrectly a letter from Michaelangel is ereased. The winner is the team that has more letters left.


*(A painting that celebrates the particular period with plenty of references. Example Napoleon winning a particular battle Will help students remember time, place, etc.)

TYING IT ALL TOGETHER: This game is effective for increasing student familiarity with the material presented and their enthusiasm for the class. 

These pages were developed through GirlTECH, a teacher training program sponsored by the Center for Research on Parallel Computation (CRPC), a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center. Pages copyright July 1999 by Cristina Donelson.
Thanks to the RGK Foundation and EOT-PACI for its generous support of GirlTECH.