Michelangelo

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The lesson introduces students to the famous artist Michelangelo, his artwork, and his impact on the art world. A biography of Michelangelo is presented as part of the lesson, including his various apprenticeships and Christian artwork. Michelangelo’s most famous works are described with photographs, including the Sistene Chapel, David and The Pieta. The lesson may be used as a history of art topic, or in conjunction with lessons related to other artists or the Renaissance.

Michelangelo Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Michelangelo
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 3-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson introduces students to the famous artist Michelangelo, his artwork, and his impact on the art world. A biography of Michelangelo is presented as part of the lesson, including his various apprenticeships and Christian artwork. Michelangelo’s most famous works are described with photographs, including the Sistene Chapel, David and The Pieta. The lesson may be used as a history of art topic, or in conjunction with lessons related to other artists or the Renaissance.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction:

  1. Display two or more paintings by Michelangelo. Ask students to name the artist if possible, share their opinion of the painting, and how the painting makes them feel.
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students if they have ever heard of Michelangelo and in what context.
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Michelangelo to the class.
  4. Distribute Michelangelo content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Allow students to choose one of Michelangelo’s paintings to copy and duplicate as best as possible.
  6. Once completed, the students share their work with another student or with the class. Display the completed paintings in a prominent area of the classroom.
  7. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  8. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  9. In closing, ask students: Which one of Michelangelo’s works of art is your favorite and why?
  10. Allow for responses and discussion. Encourage students to be specific.  In addition, distribute plain white paper and ask students to draw an image like Michelangelo as if he was alive today.

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3,  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7,    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3,  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3,    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.3

Class Sessions (45 minutes): at least 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies