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Abraham and Isaac, early 16th century
Students will compare various artists’ interpretation of the Abraham and Isaac story. They will create artwork based on other key figures in the history of the Jewish religion (i.e. Moses, Naomi, Ruth, or David) or on an important story from another ancient culture they have studied.
American Revolution: Sybil Ludington's Ride, April 26, 1777
Describe the contributions of France and other nations and of individuals to the outcome of the Revolution. Identify the different roles women played during the Revolution. Understand the personal impact and economic hardship of the war on families, problems of financing the war, wartime inflation, and laws against hoarding goods and materials and profiteering.
Artists Teach Us to See the World Through Visual Symbols
Students will learn how an artist can use personal images, symbols and contemporary references to address both universal and specific social and political issues in a pluralistic society, and put that learning into practice by creating a work of art themselves.
Students will examine two landscape paintings by John Horace Hooper and Lewis Cohen and compare the artists’ portrayal of the natural world and people interacting with it. Students will participate in a game that simulates society’s use of renewable and nonrenewable resources and identify renewable and nonrenewable resources portrayed in the focus artworks.
Equality of Rank
Small groups of students will first speculate on a chronology for these three selected paintings. Then each group will explore one of these three paintings, looking closely at the artwork, discussing it and finding out about the artist and its context. Students next speculate about what the painting tells about the past and how people lived at this time. After small groups present what they discovered and speculated, class as a whole returns to the original speculated chronology and corrects it if needed. To conclude lesson, each student selects two of the three artworks about which to write. Each student will compare and contrast and reveal what each tells the viewer about the past and how people lived at that time.
Monuments of Rome: Italian Mosaic Table
Students will learn about the government, religion and history of ancient Rome by researching and writing about different Roman monuments.
Mother and Child
Students will gain an awareness of the diversity of the student population to foster sensitivity in the student population, and our community. Allow student to tell you what they know, what they see and how people of different races, religions, cultures, are really the same, and want the same things for their children, and families.