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The Modern Montessori Guide

Finding Grammar in Works of Art- Winter Theme

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This activity provides students with a creative extension for grammar review. When examining a piece of art, I challenge children to approach it as if they are reading the image. They can begin by skimming the illustration and then dig deeper, analyzing all the nooks and crannies.

Each task card contains an image, a caption identifying the artist, title, and creation date, and a series of directions pertaining to grammar. I’ve also included corresponding information cards for each painting that could be printed double-sided on the back of the task card. There are 14 works of art total including:

  • George Henry Durrie, Red School House, 1858
  • Suzuki Harunobu, The Snow Ball, 1770
  • Frederic Edwin Church, Aurora Borealis, 1865
  • Jonathan K. Trego and J. L. Williams, Trappers, 1855
  • Henry François Farny, A Successful Hunt, 1906
  • Abraham Rademaker, Snow Falling on a Dutch Town, 1881
  • Winslow Homer, Lumbering in the Winter, 1821
  • Robert Charles Dudley, The Atlantic Telegraph, 1866
  • Aert van der Neer, Sports on a Frozen River, 1660
  • Currier & Ives, A Ride to School, 1868
  • Charles Parsons with Currier & Ives, Central Park, Winter – The Skating Pond, 1933
  • Winslow Homer, A Winter Morning – Shovelling Out, 1871
  • Johannes Abrahamsz Beerstraten, Skating at Sloten, near Amsterdam, Mid 1660s
  • Currier & Ives, Winter Morning in the Country, 1873

    In addition to the grammatical components, I have included “Art Appreciation and Analysis Prompts” that can be used alongside any of the images as an extension.

    I recommend creating a “Grammar in Art” notebook that can be used to record the parts of speech and descriptive sentences for each piece of art. I have included independent images of each painting that could be cut out and pasted into the student’s notebook. On pages 16-19 I’ve also included models using the Montessori Parts of Speech symbols to help guide sentence construction. If you are looking for a review of the Parts of Speech, download a free copy of my Grammar Symbol Series explanation packet.

    All images are categorized as Public Domain through the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Gallery of Art, and the Smithsonian Museums.