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History and Portraiture: Utilizing Art to Teach American History, Colonial America to the Civil War

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Language Arts And English +6 Age Level Middle School (13 to 15 years old)

This Learning Lab contains a five unit curriculum that puts students in conversation with a diverse group of significant Americans from the colonial era to the present. Lessons on the Elements of Portrayal, Symbols, Labels, Letter Writing, and Portrait Pairing prompt students to analyze the lasting impact of remarkable individuals from the Portrait Gallery’s collection. This collection was originally created in collaboration with Alice Deal Middle School in Washington D.C. 

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George Washington (Lansdowne Portrait)

National Portrait Gallery

Rosa Parks

National Portrait Gallery

Pocahontas

National Portrait Gallery

John Smith

National Portrait Gallery

Phillis Wheatley

National Portrait Gallery

Thomas Paine

National Portrait Gallery

John Winthrop

National Portrait Gallery

Samuel Adams

National Portrait Gallery

Benjamin Franklin

National Portrait Gallery

Labels

Briana White

George Washington

National Portrait Gallery

Thomas Jefferson

National Portrait Gallery

John Jay

National Portrait Gallery

Alexander Hamilton

National Portrait Gallery

Congress Voting Independence

National Portrait Gallery

John Adams

National Portrait Gallery

Abigail Adams

National Portrait Gallery

Symbols

Briana White

William Clark

National Portrait Gallery

Sequoyah

National Portrait Gallery

Andrew Jackson

National Portrait Gallery

The Dying Tecumseh

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Red Cloud

National Portrait Gallery

Henry Clay

National Portrait Gallery

Joseph Smith

National Portrait Gallery

Brigham Young

National Portrait Gallery

Letter Writing

Briana White

Sandra Day O'Connor

National Portrait Gallery

Lucretia Coffin Mott

National Portrait Gallery

Henry David Thoreau

National Portrait Gallery

Toni Morrison

Catalog of American Portraits

John Brown

National Portrait Gallery

Stokely Carmichael and H. Rap Brown

National Portrait Gallery

Susan B. Anthony

National Portrait Gallery

Kate Millett

National Portrait Gallery

Dorothea Lynde Dix

National Portrait Gallery

Eunice Kennedy Shriver

National Portrait Gallery

Frederick Douglass

National Portrait Gallery

Thurgood Marshall

National Portrait Gallery

Sojourner Truth

National Portrait Gallery

William Lloyd Garrison

National Portrait Gallery

Russell Means

Catalog of American Portraits

Cinqué

National Portrait Gallery

Rosa Parks

National Portrait Gallery

Gordon

National Portrait Gallery

George Washington Carver

National Portrait Gallery

Portrait Pairings

Briana White

Ulysses S. Grant

National Portrait Gallery

Abraham Lincoln

National Portrait Gallery

William T. Sherman

National Portrait Gallery

John C. Calhoun

National Portrait Gallery

Robert E. Lee

National Portrait Gallery

Robert Gould Shaw

National Portrait Gallery

Jefferson Davis

National Portrait Gallery