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Paintings Interp

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After looking at a piece of art, or reading a piece of literature, you need to figure out what it means. You need to THINK about it before you can write about what you have seen or read. We are going to practice slowing down and thinking before we begin writing.


1.     Individually, LIST all the details you see in the Rockwell painting. Do NOT decide what the details mean. Just LIST them.

2.     With your partner, LIST all the details you see in the Rockwell painting. Avoid creating ANY story surrounding the painting. Focus on what you see.

3.     With your partner, group the details that belong together and complete the Details column on the back of this sheet.

4.     As a class, we will talk about details and their implications. We’ll practice a few together and you’ll return to your groups to complete the rest of the chart on the back of this paper.

5.     As homework (or at the end of class), write a short paragraph about the picture we viewed in class. Use the interpretation structure below to make sure you have included all THREE parts.  


  1. Interpretative claim - The story means…. OR the story in the painting is… OR the poem is about…
  2. Detail and/or evidence – Quotes, super short summaries, I see…in the painting, the author says….in the poem or story.
  3. Commentary or Explanation – This is where you explain why you came up with what you did. How did you put the details together to form an opinion or understand the story?  




Draft AREA for homework:

What is the story of this painting:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

What details did you put together:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

How did the implications come together to help you see what is happening in this painting:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     


Implication – what could it mean

































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