Topic: Culture and Art (Exercise)

In exercise for this topic we focus on skill: Presentations.

(Source: Ján Krošlák, SME)

This exercise is prepared by the Leaf Academy. It is part of the Spectator College programme and it is linked to the articles: Is a career as an artist utopian? and Fulla generator creates unique portraits.

CONTENT
EXERCISE 1: Is a career as an artist utopian?
EXERCISE 2: Fulla generator creates unique portraits
Recommended Usage and Format for exercises


This exercise is linked to the article: Is a career as an artist utopian?

Lesson Objectives

  • Read text and demonstrate understanding (comprehension, analysis, connection, and transfer)
  • Analyze position
  • Respond to argument and work with evidence
  1. Read article (10 minutes)
    a. Underline any words you do not recognize or understand.
  2. Understanding: (5 minutes)
    a. Have each student share word(s) they don’t know and define them.
  3. Summarize/Monitor Understanding/Research (10 minutes)
    a. What are the reasons that becoming a classical musician in Slovakia is more likely than a painter or theatre actor?
    b. Explain why the artists believe it is easier to make a living as an artist in the Czech Republic?
  4. Focused Free Write: (5 minutes writing, 5-minute discussion)
    a. Prompt: If you are passionate about something, then you should pursue it as a career even if it is difficult to make a living (like in the arts). Being happy with what you do is more important than making money. Agree or disagree with this position and use evidence from the article to support your position.
  5. Discussion (10 minutes)
    a. Find similarities and differences in positions regarding student choices about money versus happiness.

This exercise is linked to the article: Fulla generator creates unique portraits

Lesson Objectives

  • Read text and demonstrate understanding (comprehension, analysis, connection, and transfer)
  • Analyze position
  • Respond to argument and work with evidence
  1. Read article (5 minutes)
    a. Underline any words you do not recognize or understand.
  2. Understanding: (5 minutes)
    a. Have each student share word(s) they don’t know and define them.
  3. Summarize/Monitor Understanding/Research (15 minutes)
    a. Explain how Job has merged modern technology and art.
  4. Focused Free Write: (5 minutes writing, 5-minute discussion)
    a. Prompt: If you have a phone or computer, go to the Fulla generator website (http://setuptype.com/x/fulla/Dobr%C3%A9+noviny) and type in your name. Try other names. How does the digital representation of your name in the style of Fulla represent you? Well or not well? Explain.
  5. Discussion (10 minutes)
    a. Discuss how people feel about the art style of geometric abstraction and minimalizing.

Recommended Usage and Format for exercises

We believe a discussion-based format is best for achieving the learning objectives. We also believe that using the technique Writing as Thinking helps students to formulate their ideas and practice their writing in advance of the discussion. The degree of facilitator and adult involvement will vary according to student background and secondary objectives.

Writing
Model by being willing to write along with students and also to share your writing with the class.
Let them know before writing if they will be asked to share their writing out loud.
Here writing is first thoughts, so poor spelling, punctuation or conventions are not the focus.
Focus on engaging with ideas.
They do not need to apologize for the quality of their writing.

Discussion
Set expectations for active listening and body language
Engage introverts and extroverts, be mindful of dominant voices
Be mindful of how much you are speaking
Manage time
Encourage students to respond directly to each other, and not through the facilitator, using evidence- I agree with Igor’s point because…
Encourage everyone to draw from evidence in the text to support their points, avoid generalizations

  • Can you point to a line in the text…
  • Can you help me to understand…
  • Could you give an example…

Use techniques to encourage other voices

  • Let’s hear some other thoughts…
  • Let’s hear from someone who hasn’t contributed yet...

Techniques for managing time/discussion

  • Put this in the parking lot and move on…
  • Let’s pause here…

Parts of the lesson
Focused Free Write- an opportunity for students to write freely, but about a specific prompt.
Reflection- an opportunity to think about the lesson, what they have learned and hopefully how it will help them or how it connects to their life
Underlining words- this strategy is a good habit for students and it also allows them more ownership of their vocabulary.

This exercise is prepared by the Leaf Academy and it is part of the Spectator College, a programme created by The Slovak Spectator.

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