Lessons & Units :: The Art of Miss Chew 3rd Grade Unit

Paired Text Questions: The Art of Miss Chew & "Blazing Art to Go"

Lesson Plan

The Art of Miss Chew | 630L

The Art of Miss Chew
Learning Goal
Integrate information from the non-fiction passage “Blazing Art to Go” and the book The Art of Miss Chew to identify what it takes to succeed as an artist.
Necessary Materials
Provided:
  1. Questions
  2. Non-fiction reading passage "Blazing Art to Go"

Not Provided:
The Art of Miss Chew
 
  • Questions 1 and 2 refer to the non-fiction passage “Blazing Art to Go.” Questions 3 and 4 refer to the book The Art of Miss Chew. Questions 5 through 8 refer to both the passage and the book.
  • Student versions of the questions are in the 'Texts & Materials' tab.
 
Part 1: "Blazing Art to Go"
 
Read the passage “Blazing Art to Go” out loud to your students. Alternatively, students can read the passage independently or as a group.
 
Question 1: What did Mike Lavallee’s high school art teacher tell one of Mike’s classmates?
 
Sample student answer: The teacher told the student that he would never make any money working as an artist.
 
Question 2: Does Mike Lavallee probably agree or disagree with what his high school art teacher said about making money as an artist? Support your answer with evidence from the passage.
 
Sample student answer (may vary but should resemble the following): Mike Lavallee probably disagrees with his high school art teacher. Lavallee earns a living as an artist and thinks nobody should tell others that there’s no money in art.
 
Part 2: The Art of Miss Chew
 
Question 3: What does Mrs. Spaulding tell Patricia about her art class?
 
Sample student answer: Mrs. Spaulding tells Patricia that her time would be better spent studying. She says that she will try to stop Patricia from leaving school to take the art class.
 
Question 4: What would Patricia’s response to Mrs. Spaulding be now?
 
Sample student answer: Patricia would argue that the art class not only helped her develop her craft and discover her course as an artist but that it also helped her with her academic work.
 
Part 3: "Blazing Art to Go" and The Art of Miss Chew
 
Question 5: When they were young, what did both Mike Lavallee and Patricia have in common?
 
Sample student answer: When they were young, both of them were given the message that art was not a good use of their time.
 
Teacher asks: As adults, what do both Mike Lavallee and Patricia have in common?
 
Students answer:
  • Both of them are artists.
  • Lots of people like their artwork.
 
Question 6: As adults, what do both Mike Lavallee and Patricia have in common?
 
Sample student answer:
  • Both of them are artists.
  • Lots of people like their artwork.
 
Question 7: What advice does Mike Lavallee give to young artists?
 
Sample student answer:
  • Mike Lavallee says that young artists should practice as much as they can in art class.
  • He also says that they should start small.
 
Question 8: What advice would Patricia probably give to young artists?
 
Sample student answer:
  • Patricia would probably tell young artists to draw as much as they can.
  • She would tell them to be sure to see what they draw, not just to look.
  • She might also tell them that if art is what they want to do, they should go for it.

Texts & Materials

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