No Series: Looking Closely at Art: Evidence, Inference & Analysis (Uncut)


Common core State Standards

  • ELA:  English Language Arts
  • SL:  Speaking and Listening Standards 6-\x80\x9312
  • 9-10:  9th & 10th Grades
  • 4: 
    Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely,
    and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the
    organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose,
    audience, and task.

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Looking Closely at Art: Evidence, Inference & Analysis (Uncut)

Lesson Objective: This is 53 minutes of authentic teaching, unedited, and without teacher narration.
Grades 9-10 / ELA / Arts
54 MIN


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This 54-minute Uncut Classroom footage was used to create:

Building Analysis Skills Through Art

What You'll See:

  • English Language Learners
  • Students in Special Education
  • Inferences
  • Scaffolding
  • Use of evidence
  • Analysis of portraits

Discussion and Supporting Materials


  • Private message to Laura Waitulionis

The teacher guided students in making inferences using literal evidence and examples by analyzing portraits. She supplied the students with a chart for listing visual clues, in order to draw conclusions from literal evidence. The students were also given sentence stems to assist them in formulating conclusions that showed inference. There were activities that helped visual and kinesthetic learners. The students were taught so much because of the hands-on activities and step-by-step guidance through the lesson. 

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  • Private message to Ana Harston

Art is a great way to communicate. It is a great way for peer sharing. Student's communicate and share theirb ideas as they communicate how they will illustrate their art and what message they want their viewers to understand their message.  This lesson was an activity that allowed students to express their creativity while learning  what a theme is. The props was their way to convey their ideas

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  • Private message to Grace El-Fishawy

It's so cool to see what a deep understanding / analysis the students were able to develop about the paintaings. I think that this is something that all students could benifit from. 

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  • Private message to TONIA THOMAS

A great way to understand art.The teacher had a great personality. 

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  • Private message to Lan Pham

Using a portrait as a means to teach inferences in English Language Art lessons is a great way, in which students observe and analyze the details of the portrait and use them as evidence to convey the theme. The teacher applies the scaffolding strategy to help students understand the details, get the vocabulary, and make inferences from the evidence given from the portrait. In order to enhance students' involvement, the teacher puts students in groups and asks each group to discuss and work on one part.

The most interesting and effective way to teach students about theme and inferences using evidence is that the teacher asks each group to create a portrait by choosing props themselves to infer something they want to communicate.  They all look really excited and actively participate in the activity. 




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School Details

Verdugo Hills Senior High School
10625 Plainview Avenue
Tujunga CA 91042
Population: 1418

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