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Learning to Look with the National Portrait Gallery

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Integrating portraiture into the classroom provides exciting opportunities to connect students with history, biography, visual art, and many other subjects. The National Portrait Gallery collection presents the wonderful diversity of individuals who have left—and are leaving—their mark on our country and our culture. The museum portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story. Be introduced to "learning to look" strategies in this collection—unique ways to hook and engage students when looking closely at portraits.

This collection was created to support the 2016 CCSSO Teachers of the Year Day at the Smithsonian.

George Washington (Lansdowne Portrait)

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Eunice Kennedy Shriver

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Alice Waters

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Edward O. Wilson

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George Washington Carver

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Pocahontas

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Pocahontas: Compare/Contrast

Smithsonian Education

Compare & Contrast, Lesson for Teachers

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Signs

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Men of Progress

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Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln

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Tony Hawk

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Rosa Parks

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Rosa Parks

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John F. Kennedy

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Richard Nixon

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Rachel Louise Carson

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Leonard Crow Dog

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Gertrude Stein

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Gertrude Stein posing for Jo Davidson

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