Education Technology

NCTE: Collaborating on Descriptive Compositions

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

In this activity, students visit a local art museum and find pieces of art that inspire them to write. Using their imagination, students describe what the piece of art might say if it could talk.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the NoteFolio™ App on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Contact the museum to plan your visit. Explain what you would like to have your students do and ask for the museum's permission. Provide the museum with a copy of the lesson plan.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will:
  • write in a variety of situations (impromptu, over time, in collaboration, or alone) and adapt strategies (such as revision, technology, and the use of reference materials) to the situation.
  • complete a writing assignment within a limited amount of time; producing a well developed, well organized, and clearly written response in effective language and a voice appropriate for audience and purpose.
  • use computers to acquire, organize, analyze, and communicate information.
  • recognize and explain the impact of various media on daily life.
  • After the Activity

    While preparing to leave the museum, ensure that students have all their hardware. Inform them that their monologues must be ready for class the next day.