Prepositions and Matisse
I based this ESOL lesson on prepositions on a still-life by Matisse. First we did an artful thinking routine and named what we saw. Then I made up silly sentences such as “the glass is on the chair,” and the students had to do a thumbs up if true, thumbs down if false. I had put a word bank of prepositions on the board. I asked the students if they would rather draw a still-life or an animal. They all said animals. I asked them how they would get the animal to stay, and from there we spoke about why artists often enjoy drawing still-life. Then I asked them to draw their own still-life on the board. Afterwards they had to write sentences about their still-life objects using prepositions from the word bank. The response of the students was very enthusiastic and eager.
An explanation of the photos below: 1) This photo is just an example of how I hurriedly posted my student friendly content outcomes and language outcomes. Using the SIOP model, all ESOL teachers are supposed to have two outcomes. Supposedly all teachers will eventually have to do this. 2) Preposition word bank. 3) An original still-life with a sentence that uses a preposition. 4) Another sentence. 5) Another sentence.