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Artfully Speaking

Laurie Ayers
Bay District Schools


This language arts lesson is for Day 12 of the unit [Native Americans]. It is to be done after [The Seminoles] lesson plan on the same day. Students will complete a My Favorite Artwork form and use it to practice speaking to small groups.


The student uses volume, phrasing, and intonation appropriate for different situations (for example, large or small group settings, sharing oral stories, dramatic activities).

The student speaks for different purposes (for example, informing, entertaining, expressing ideas).

The student uses eye contact and appropriate gestures to enhance oral presentations.


-My Favorite Artwork form, one per student (in associated file)
-Pencils, one per student
-Summative 3 Checklist for Reading Informational Text (see extensions)


1. Make sure you have arranged a time with the media specialist for students to display their artwork and speak to small groups of other second graders about their artwork on Day 14.
2. Be sure to inform one or more other second grade teacher(s) of the date and time of the artwork display and invite them to bring their class(es) to view the artwork. Also, explain that the purpose of the event is to provide practice in speaking to small groups. Ask the other teachers to encourage their students to ask questions.

Note: If more than one class comes to view the display, be sure to make a schedule for them to follow so the viewers will be in small groups.

3. Download and make copies of the My Favorite Artwork form, one per student (in associated file).
4. Download and make a copy of Summative 3 Checklist for Reading Informational Text (see extensions). Add student names to the checklist.


Note: In this lesson, effective speaking skills previously introduced on Day 2 will be reviewed and practiced. Students will later use these same skills to perform Summative Assessment 3.

1. Review with students that over the past few days they have been working in centers to complete various Native American projects. Some of these projects have been artwork (clay pottery, weaving, painting wildlife scenes).

2. Explain that often artists display their work for others to enjoy.

3. Tell students that you have arranged for them to display their artwork in the media center so other second grade classes can enjoy seeing their work.

4. However, due to limited space, each student needs to choose his favorite artwork to display.

5. Distribute copies of the My Favorite Artwork form (in associated file). Explain that students are to decide which artwork project they have enjoyed most during center time this week and complete the form telling about that project.

6. Students will then use their notes to speak to other second graders about their artwork during the display, which will be the following day.

7. Explain that during the art display you will summatively assess student performances using the Summative 3 Checklist for Reading Informational Text and Summative 3 Rubric for Speaking (see extensions).

8. Discuss the criteria on both forms.

9. Instruct students to complete the My Favorite Artwork form. If they have time they may color the designs on the outside frame.

10. Students practice reading their notes to a partner using effective speaking skills.

11. Students turn in their favorite artwork and the completed My Favorite Artwork forms.

12. The teacher reads the My Favorite Artwork forms to make sure all are completed in an acceptable way.

13. The teacher completes column one (Student completed his/her notes) of the Summative 3 Checklist for Reading Informational Text (see extensions) and provides guiding feedback if necessary. Guiding feedback might include, “You did not complete the form. Take this to your desk and complete all the sentences. Then bring it back to me.” Positive feedback might include, “You did a wonderful job on your notes. I’m sure they will be helpful to you at the art display.”

14. The artwork is taken to the media center and the display is set up prior to the scheduled time of the display.


Read the My Favorite Artwork forms and complete the first column of Summative 3 Checklist for Reading Informational Text (Student completed his/her notes) to indicate student performance. If the student has not completed the form, provide guiding feedback to assist students in completing it before the day of the art display.


1. The Beacon Unit Plan associated with this lesson can be viewed by clicking on the link located at the top of this page or by using the following URL:
Once you select the unit’s link, scroll to the bottom of the unit plan page to find the section, “Associated Files.” This section contains links to the Unit Plan Overview, Diagnostic and Summative Assessments, and other associated files (if any).

Web Links

This is an online Student Web Lesson that introduces various Native American culture groups.
Different Tribes, Different Times

Attached Files

The My Favorite Artwork form.     File Extension: pdf

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