UNIT I   Lesson Plan 3:
Place Your Portrait in a Story

1. Understand what a portrait is.
2. Relate portraits in the Museum to portraits in the home.
3. Learn how to look closely at a portrait to discover information about the subject.
4. Appreciate how illustrations visually complement and expand upon the written text of a story.

Questions for Discussion

  1. What do you know about the Civil War?
  2. What important events took place during the Civil War?
  3. Who were important people in the Civil War and what did they do?

Students write and illustrate a story. Afterward, they assemble a book using simple bookmaking techniques. Begin by reviewing the process of how students created painted portraits in Lesson 2, and what they were trying to convey about their character. Then, review the elements of a story to prepare them to, “take the portrait off the wall and place it in a book”.

Using the graphic organizer provided to record their thoughts, students write and illustrate a story inspired by the portrait they painted in Lesson 2, or one of the paintings in Red Grooms:The Blue and the Gray.
Civil War Images for Grade 4

Guiding Questions

  1. What is a portrait?
  2. Do you have any portraits in your home?
  3. What information does a portrait tell you about a person?
  4. What are illustrations?


Civil War Images for Grade 4
• Students’ painted portraits (from Lesson 2)
Worksheet: Place Your Portrait in a Story


Pre-hole-punched paper book cove,  with 2 folded sheets of paper inside
Yarn for binding
Colored pencils
Thin black Sharpies