Thursday, December 06, 2007

Language Arts – Lesson Series for Second Week

(based on ILL #200-203)

Looking more through ILL, I am seeing that it would be helpful in dealing with CW Aesop. It emphasizes a lot of the same things, but allows for some variety.


Lesson 1

Choose a poem to be memorized (seasonal, possibly)

  • What colors would be used in painting the picture suggested in this poem?
    Describe the picture

  • Memorize the poem

  • Copy it out from memory.


Lesson 2

  • Write a letter and its reply (characters from a story you have read or made up)

  • OR write to one of your penpals.

This is a single activity that could fit in pretty much anywhere as a break from regular activities.

You could use the CW Aesop model story for ideas.


Lesson 3 Picture Study

(possibly the Angelus or a Giotto; also, currently we have checked out a book called How Artists view Nature that has a variety of paintings contained)

  • Discuss what the painting is showing. What was the artist trying to show with the painting?

  • What colors are most in evidence

  • Look at the light and the shade. Where is the light falling? Where is it coming from? Where is the shade heaviest?

  • Notice what is in the foreground. How did the artist show it as the main focus of the painting (what design decisions did he make?)

  • Describe the background.

  • What mood does the picture have? IE how does it make you feel?


Lesson 4

This lesson is about compound subjects and predicates.

  • This is an easy concept. To prepare for this, make up a few sample sentences possibly based on the poem and model from earlier in the week.

  • You could have had the child convert the earlier poem to prose, which is a very Ignatian exercise, and use this paraphrase to invent sentences.

  • Have the child identify subject and predicate and the conjunction (joining word).

  • Then have him make up a couple of his own sentences to illustrate the concept.


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