The students will read the article "Forms of Art: Symbolism" on ReadWorks.org. This article has questions at the end that can be used to guide a class discussion. The teacher will need to guide the class discussion to analyze components in Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream that convey a message.
After reading and discussing the article, the teacher will assign an emotion to each student to portray in a painting or sketch. The students must use the emotion to send a message to the audience. Examples of possible emotions are anger, fear, excitement, happiness, sadness, frustration, disgust, etc. You might want to place parameters on the paintings or sketches, such as it must be a self-portrait.
The students will end the learning activity by trying to identify the emotional message the student artists were trying to convey. You can allow the students to go on a gallery walk or just discuss each painting or sketch as a whole group.