First I will present student with examples of clay monsters and read the various stories that go with them. Students will then be instructed to create a monster concept of their own and give it a story.
2 Direct Instruction
Once the students have created their monster story and description, they will enter the description into Monster Exchange to see if it has enough detail. Once they are happy with the end result students will start creating the monster themselves out of clay pinch pots. Each student will be given a square 1/2 lb of clay to start constructing his or her monster. Once the monsters are finished we will let them dry and once dry I will start the firing process so that the student can glaze them (and add color to the monsters).
3 Guided Practice
Students will begin to refine their monster stories; they will do this by trading stories with a partner in class. By Trading stories students will begin to understand how others perceive their monster and its world with out a visual. Students will then give constructive feed back to one another in order to help each other refine their monsters.
4 Independent Practice
To start students will be given a sheet of paper, they will then be asked to create a scene from the story they created about their monster: crayons, markers, and colored pencils will be provided. This will help students explore the monster world they created as well as help them get into character when they present their monster and story to the class.
Students will be required to present their monster and its story to the class. Every student will take a turn setting up the backdrop they made with their monster in front of it. Then they will read the monster's story to the class. By requiring students to present their creation and story to the class they will have had instruction not only in creating Art but in integrating Language Arts and public speaking into the art room.