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Reading & Writing Lesson Plan

Topic: Art

Target Audience: High-Intermediate-Advanced level adult learners in a university EFL or ESL
setting (but can be used with high schoolers)

Standards to Address: None

1. identify, understand and correctly use some art vocabulary words
2. make inferences about unknown vocabulary words
3. read an article and make predictions
4. summarize what they have read in a newspaper article
5. use their skimming and scanning skills to find specific information
6. answer questions about an article
7. make correlations between the artists that Ted Nash chose and how they influenced his compositions
8. write a report on one of the artists that Ted Nash chose

Reading Content: Ted Nash Plays Jazz Inspired by Art article (from VOA Learning English

Materials: “Ted Nash Plays Jazz Inspired by Art” article, Ted Nash’s “Portrait in Seven Shades”
music, word cloud of art related words, article reading comprehension questions, chart of
artists that influenced his compositions and how, cell phones or tablets to access online
dictionary and glossing tool, artist report guidelines, artist report brainstorming sheet,
Quizlet directions sheet, artist report rubric, computer and projector

Part 1: Vocabulary

Online Tool #1: Word Cloud


Task or Activity: The word cloud is composed of various artists’ names and is used to activate
students’ schemata

Online Tool #2: Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary


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Task or Activity: Students are assigned an art vocabulary word that they need to find the part of
speech and definition for in Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary. They also need to give an
example sentence that uses the vocabulary word.

Part 2: Reading

Reading Material: “Ted Nash Plays Jazz Inspired by Art” article


Online Tool: Lingro


Task or Activity: Students individually read the article on their tablet, laptop or phone, and use the
Lingro glossing tool to understand unknown vocabulary words. Students may be put into groups to
read together and look up words on Lingro if there aren’t enough devices in the classroom that can
access the internet.

Part 3: Writing

Online Tool: Plagiarism WebQuest


Task or Activity: Students follow the steps in the WebQuest and learn what is plagiarism and how to
avoid it. They complete 3 tasks listed in the process section of the WebQuest.

Online Tool: Purdue OWL


Outside of Class Task or Activity: For extra help, if students have forgotten how to quote,
paraphrase and summarize, they can refer to this Purdue OWL page for further guidance.

Online Tool: PBWorks

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URL: (Note: The URL will change in the future when the class wiki is up
and running)

Task or Activity: After the teacher has checked the artist report and the student has revised it,
students will post their final reports on the class wiki to share with the class. Comments will be
allowed and welcomed.

Part 4: Assessing

Online Tool: Socrative

URL: (Teacher login)

Observable outcomes: On the second day, students’ retention and understanding of the article that
was read the day before is tested by a quick quiz on Socrative. Also, a comprehensive test, which
includes questions from the article as well as students’ artist reports, is conducted by Socrative on the
last day of the unit.

Online Tool: Quizlet


Observable outcomes: Students’ mastery of 15 chosen art vocabulary words will be shown by
receiving a 70% or above on their Quizlet vocabulary test. If students receive below 70%, they will
have to retake the test.

The lesson objectives are checked through two online tools, Quizlet and Socrative, as well as without
online resources. In addition to using Quizlet and Socrative, completion of the SWBAT objectives will
be evaluated through the reading comprehension questions sheet, the chart, the Plagiarism
WebQuest activities, a comprehensive test and the artist report, which will be scored by a specific

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Ted Nash Plays Jazz Inspired by Art article
Detailed Lesson Plan
Introduction (5 minutes)
1. Ted Nash’s “Portrait in Seven Shades” music is played softly in the background while a word cloud
containing artists’ names is projected on the screen in the front of the classroom. Students (Ss) guess
what the words pertain to. (
[Note: Music from the “Portrait in Seven Shades” album can be found on YouTube and samples
are on ]

2. Once Ss realize that all of the words in the word cloud are artists and the topic is art, teacher (T) asks Ss
what are some art-related words.

Vocabulary Practice (30 minutes)
1. Ss are given an art vocabulary list with some definitions missing. All Ss will be assigned a word. They
must use the Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary to find the part of speech and definition. After they
understand what the word means, they need to write an example sentence.

2. Once all Ss have finished, each S will present his/her word with its part of speech and example sentence.
Ss write down the answers on their vocabulary sheets.

Art Background (10 minutes)
1. T shows a PPT that contains various paintings of famous artists. The 7 artists that Ted Nash chose for
his album are included in the PPT but aren’t pointed out until after the article is read. (The seven artists
are Monet, Dalí, Matisse, Picasso, Van Gogh, Chagall and Pollock.)

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Reading Practice (45-60 minutes)
1. Ss silently read the article, Ted Nash Plays Jazz Inspired by Art, and use a glossing tool
( for vocabulary assistance.

2. Ss individually complete reading comprehension questions for the article. Once all Ss have completed
them, the T goes over the answers.

Homework Announcement
T shows the Quizlet website and explains how to create cards for the art vocabulary words for
homework. The Quizlet directions handout is given to Ss.

Homework: Quizlet vocabulary cards. If students want, they can go to the VOA Learning English website
to hear the audio for the article, but it’s quite slow.
Review (20-25 minutes)
1. T checks Ss’ retention and understanding of the article that was read yesterday by doing a quick quiz on

2. Ss are put into groups to work on a chart that involves identifying what artists Ted Nash chose and how
the artist influenced his composition.

3. After Ss complete the chart, the T goes over the answers.

Writing Practice (15-20 minutes)
Explanation & Brainstorming
1. Ss will choose one of the artists that influenced Ted Nash’s music (Monet, Dalí, Matisse, Picasso, Van
Gogh, Chagall and Pollock) to write a report on.

2. T hands out the report guidelines and goes over them with the Ss.

3. Ss take one of the artists brainstorming sheets and answers the questions (what do I already know about
him, what do I need to do know for my report, what do I want to know about him).

Avoiding Plagiarism
4. T explains the Plagiarism WebQuest and Ss complete it outside of class for homework over the next few

HW: Ss complete the Plagiarism WebQuest and start conducting research on their artist. The WebQuest tasks
are due by Friday, May 23 and the artist report is due on Wednesday, May 28.

Note: Ss have previously done work in class with quotations, paraphrases and summaries, which will help them
when writing their report. If they’ve forgotten, they can review at the Purdue OWL site
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( However, the WebQuest will give them a lot of assistance
with using their quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing skills.

DAYS 3-5
T teaches whatever he/she chooses because Ss are continuing to work on their artist report, but outside of class
as homework.

After the teacher has checked the artist reports and Ss have revised it, they will post their reports to share on the
class wiki. At the end of the week (5/23), students are quizzed on their Quizlet cards. Later on once all of the
reports are posted on the class wiki, Ss will take a comprehensive test on the article and the artist reports written
by everyone in class.

Students can read the article “Brush Strokes of Sound: Art That Keeps Changing” in the NY Times.