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High [9th-12th] Lesson Plan

Things You Carry

Created on January 31, 2022 by MrDigger

Students will create a contour drawing of their backpack and then think about the 'things they carry' with them every day.

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2 sessions; 90 minutes per session

Student will create a contour drawing of their backpack and then recreate that drawing at a larger scale.

Paper (2 different sizes), pencils, sharpies

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As part of learning to draw and developing contour drawing skills, students draw a small detailed contour drawing of their backpack. Students then 'scale up' that initial drawing to a much larger sheet of paper.
After completing the drawing, the teacher reads an exerpth from 'Thing Things They Carried' by Tim O'Brien
Students then fill the background/negative space of their larger drawing with the things they carry on a daily basis.

Did students create a detailed contour drawing of their backpack?
Did students fill in the negative space of their drawing with words and/or images of the 'things they carry'?

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[9-12 Proficient] Students conceive and create works of visual art that demonstrate an understanding of how the communication of their ideas relates to the media, techniques, and processes they use
[9-12 Advanced] Students initiate, define, and solve challenging visual arts problems independently using intellectual skills such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[9-12 Proficient] Students evaluate the effectiveness of artworks in terms of organizational structures and functions
[9-12 Proficient] Students demonstrate the ability to form and defend judgments about the characteristics and structures to accomplish commercial, personal, communal, or other purposes of art

Visual Arts Standard 3:
Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

[9-12 Proficient] Students reflect on how artworks differ visually, spatially, temporally, and functionally, and describe how these are related to history and culture
[9-12 Advanced] Students evaluate and defend the validity of sources for content and the manner in which subject matter, symbols, and images are used in the students' works and in significant works by others

Visual Arts Standard 4:
Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures

[9-12 Advanced] Students analyze common characteristics of visual arts evident across time and among cultural/ethnic groups to formulate analyses, evaluations, and interpretations of meaning
[9-12 Advanced] Students analyze and interpret artworks for relationships among form, context, purposes, and critical models, showing understanding of the work of critics, historians, aestheticians, and artists

Visual Arts Standard 5:
Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others

[9-12 Proficient] Students identify intentions of those creating artworks, explore the implications of various purposes, and justify their analyses of purposes in particular works

Visual Arts Standard 6:
Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines

[9-12 Proficient] Students compare the materials, technologies, media, and processes of the visual arts with those of other arts disciplines as they are used in creation and types of analysis

American Art, Realism

Emphasis, Line, Proportion/Size

Mixed Media, Pencil