Daniel SanGiacomo

aka Daniel Aktas

Sentence Stems for the Art Class

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Over time I have accumulated sentence stems for talking to students about their art.

  • Tell me about… (the drawing)
    • vs. What do you need help with…
    • have students explain the story of the work
  • Tell me more…
    • A follow up for “tell me about”
    • or Give me some more details….
    • have students tell you about their vision for an artwork
  • Tell me about the idea….
    • vs. tell me about the project
  • What would happen if…..
  • I noticed that…
  • One thing I’m thinking about…
    • Honors students work and ideas
  • Tell me about the steps you took to get here…
    • have students walk you through
    • Follow up with… tell me about what you were thinking when you started the project
  • WHO… are these people
  • WHEN… did this take place
  • WHERE… is this taking place?
  • How does that make you feel…



  • Why….
    • Requiring students to defend their work
  • This looks like… some artist
    • Does not get anywhere
    • Does not honor the things they are thinking about
  • Yes or no questions

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