Evaluating Art Through Different Lenses

Grades 3-5 / ELA / Science
CCSS: ELA.SL.5.1c ELA.W.5.1a

Common Core State Standards


English Language Arts


Speaking and Listening


5th Grade


Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacherled) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

a. Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.

b. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.

c. Pose and respond to specific questions by making comments that contribute to the discussion and elaborate on the remarks of others.

d. Review the key ideas expressed and draw conclusions in light of information and knowledge gained from the discussions.

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Common Core State Standards


English Language Arts


Writing Standards K-5


5th Grade


Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

a. Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer’s purpose.

b. Provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details.

c. Link opinion and reasons using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., consequently, specifically).

d. Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.

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Developed in Partnership with

The Getty

Lesson Objective

Evaluate the scientific and artistic qualities of paintings


9 min

Questions to Consider

  • Why does Ms. Pippin begin with a discussion of objectivity?
  • How does analyzing the paintings together prepare students for writing?
  • What do students learn from looking at art through different lenses?

Common Core Standards

ELA.SL.5.1c, ELA.W.5.1a

Learn more about the Art@theCore Program.

Blog: The Power of Arts Integration

Images courtesy of The J. Paul Getty Museum Getty Center, Los Angeles, California

Supporting Materials

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  • Evaluating Art Through Different Lenses Transcript

  • Worksheet: Daily Reflection.PDF

  • Worksheet: Basin Template.PDF

  • Links to Art Files.PDF

  • Arts Integration Resources from the Getty Museum.PDF

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