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Flashcard Activity: Conflict, Identity, and Place in American Art

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Cultures +4 Age Levels Primary (5 to 8 years old), Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

This collection contains a selection of artworks related to the themes of conflict, identity, and place.  They may be used for a variety of purposes; here, we use them as a catalyst for discussion.  In small groups or as a classroom, have students select one artwork they find meaningful or interesting and discuss the following:

  1. Why did you pick this artwork?  
  2. What do you see?  Name specific aspects of the artwork you notice.
  3. What do you think about what you see?
  4. What does this artwork make you wonder? 
  5. Optional: How might the artwork connect to the themes of conflict, identity, and place?

This activity works equally well online or using printed flashcards (see the resource tile).  You may also replace or pair the above activity with a Project Zero Thinking Routine found in the final section of the collection. 

This Smithsonian Learning Lab collection contains artwork selected by Phoebe Hillemann, Teacher Institutes Educator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, to be featured in the 2018 Smithsonian American Art Museum Summer Institute for Teachers, "Teaching the Humanities through Art."  The activity is adapted from Project Zero's See / Think / Wonder routine (see the resource tile).

Keywords: printable, flash card, project zero visible thinking routine, New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association, NJPSA, saam

The Fifth Year

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The Dying Tecumseh

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Achelous and Hercules

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The Speculator

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The Waiting Room

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Taking the Oath and Drawing Rations

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Braceros

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Niagara

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The Way We Was

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The Fifth Year

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State Names

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Amendment #8

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The Wiley Family

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Café

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Don Jose Mas Ferrer

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Iceman Crucified #4

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Diary: December 12, 1941

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We Both Must Fade (Mrs. Fithian)

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Preamble

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The Purple Dress

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SOB, SOB

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Portrait of Mnonja

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Manhattan

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Storm King on the Hudson

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Tenement Flats

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The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

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A Dog Swap

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Brownstone

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Tanagra (The Builders, New York)

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Nocturnal (Horizon Line)

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See/Think/Wonder: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

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Layers: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

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Creative Questions: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

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Question Starts: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

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The 3Ys: Project Zero Global Competency Routine

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Think Pair Share Routine: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

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What Makes You Say That?: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

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Think / Puzzle / Explore: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

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