Taking an Art Class - Sketching in the park

Jeremiah is in college. He is a junior. That means this is his third year in college. This semester he can choose some of his classes. Jeremiah decides he is taking an art class.

He studies chemistry. It is difficult. His classes are long. The professor talks most of the time. Jeremiah takes notes. Sometimes, the students ask questions. They don’t understand everything. When he goes home, Jeremiah reads a lot. He does all of the homework. There are exercises. He memorizes formulas. It is a lot of work. Jeremiah gets good grades, but he works hard.

An easy art class

Jeremiah wants an easy class. He wants to learn something fun. An art class will be nice. Jeremiah thinks art is great. Art can express feelings. When you are mad, you can draw an angry picture. When you are calm, you can draw a sunny day. Jeremiah is good at art. He draws well. He’s also creative. So, he joins an art class.

Jeremiah arrives early. Nobody is in the classroom. Jeremiah looks out the window. He sees a woman outside. The woman is tall and thin. She is talking on the phone. Jeremiah listens. She is yelling at someone. She is smoking a cigarette. Jeremiah can’t understand what she’s saying. When she’s done, she throws the cigarette. She hangs up the phone and walks away.

More students arrive. They start talking. A girl named Jeanette talks to Jeremiah. She tells Jeremiah about the class. Professor Kahlo teaches the class. She is intense. She speaks with passion. They love Professor Kahlo’s classes. “But the class is easy, right?”

“Not at all,” Jeanette replies. “Dr. Kahlo is excellent, but she is demanding.”

Making an Entrance

Now, maybe Jeremiah regrets taking an art class. It was supposed to be easy. He sits quietly in his seat. The door opens. A tall, thin woman walks in. She moves quickly. She begins speaking. The students listen carefully. It is the woman Jeremiah saw outside the window. Oh no! he thinks. She looks directly into Jeremiah’s eyes. His heart races.

“Welcome to Drawing 101,” Dr. Kahlo says.

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Questions

1. Why does Jeremiah want to take an art class?

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2. Who is the woman outside the window?

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3. Is Jeremiah a good chemistry student? How do you know?

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4. What do students think about Professor Kahlo?

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Writing

What will happen next in the story? You complete the story:

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Fill-in-the-blanks: Present Simple Verbs

Jeremiah ________ in college. He is a junior. That ________ this is his third year in college. This semester he ________ choose some of his classes. Jeremiah ________ he is taking an art class.

He ________ chemistry. It ________ difficult. His classes ________ long. The professor ________ most of the time. Jeremiah ________ notes. Sometimes, the students ________ questions. They ________ understand everything. When he ________ home, Jeremiah ________ a lot. He ________ all of the homework. There ________ exercises. He ________ formulas. It ________ a lot of work. Jeremiah ________ good grades, but he ________ hard.

An easy art class

Jeremiah ________ an easy class. He ________ to learn something fun. An art class will be nice. Jeremiah ________ art is great. Art ________ express feelings. When you ________ mad, you ________ draw an angry picture. When you ________ calm, you ________ draw a sunny day. Jeremiah ________ good at art. He ________ well. ________ also creative. So, he ________ an art class.

Jeremiah ________ early. Nobody ________ in the classroom. Jeremiah ________ out the window. He ________ a woman outside. The woman ________ tall and thin. She is talking on the phone. Jeremiah ________. She is yelling at someone. She is smoking a cigarette. Jeremiah ________ understand what she’s saying. When she’s done, she ________ the cigarette. She ________ up the phone and ________ away.

More students ________. They ________ talking. A girl named Jeanette ________ to Jeremiah. She ________ Jeremiah about the class. Professor Kahlo ________ the class. She ________intense. She ________ with passion. They ________ Professor Kahlo’s classes. “But the class ________ easy, right?”

“Not at all,” Jeanette ________. “Dr. Kahlo is excellent, but she ________ demanding.”

Making an Entrance

Now, maybe Jeremiah ________ taking an art class. It was supposed to be easy. He ________ quietly in his seat. The door ________. A tall, thin woman ________ in. She ________ quickly. She ________ speaking. The students ________ carefully. It ________ the woman Jeremiah saw outside the window. Oh no! he ________. She ________ directly into Jeremiah’s eyes. His heart ________.

“Welcome to Drawing 101,” Dr. Kahlo ________.

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Jeremiah is in ___________. He is a ___________. That means this is his ___________ year in college. This ___________ he can ___________ some of his classes. Jeremiah ___________ he is taking an art class.

He studies ___________. It is difficult. His classes are long. The ___________ talks most of the time. Jeremiah ___________ notes. Sometimes, the ___________ ask questions. They don’t ___________ everything. When he goes home, Jeremiah ___________ a lot. He does all of the ___________. There are ___________. He ___________ formulas. It is a lot of work. Jeremiah gets good ___________, but he works hard.