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Manifesto

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Language Arts And English +2 Age Level High School (16 to 18 years old)

This interdisciplinary collection explores the idea of a manifesto through the framework of High School Visual Art, Language Arts and History. Inspired by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden's "Manifesto: Art x Agency" exhibition, this collection examines the ideas of historical manifestos while also  examining whose voices are historically absent, and how they can be amplified in the future. Just as each generation of artists created manifestos to challenge the status quo, this generation of students can be empowered to do the same.  #GoGlobal

Using this Collection: 

  • Use the “Unit Outline” to see how each lesson/activity is organized. The “Introduction to Manifestos” lesson and corresponding artwork provide focused activities for use in the classroom, while the rest of the collection serves as suggestions and ideas for deepening thinking and questioning, culminating in a student-produced manifesto.
  • Detailed suggestions on how to implement the learning activities are found in the "information" section of each of the Activity Tiles as well as the Project Zero Thinking Routine Tiles.
  • Notes regarding the use of each Project Zero Thinking Routine are documented as annotations within each individual Thinking Routine tile and provide specific instructions on how align these routines with this collection.  

Global Competence Connection:

  • Students “recognize perspectives” by analyzing how manifestos and movements have championed certain voices over others, and contextualizing their own experiences within a broader historical and global context.
  • Students “communicate their ideas” through the creation of a manifesto that demonstrates their unique perspective.

Additional Manifestos:

Using the manifestos and artworks in this collection as a foundation, you can use other content specific texts for your subject area and unique classroom demographics. Some ideas include:

“The Origin of the Species” by Charles Darwin 

“The Communist Manifesto” by Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx 

“United States Declaration of Independence” by Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert R. Livingston, Roger Sherman

“Universal Declaration of Human Rights” by The United Nations

Other Resources:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/oct/08/10-best-political-manifestos-and-tracts

https://www.buzzfeed.com/monicatan/11-manifestos-that-could-change-your-art-lif


Manifesto

Ashley Beck

Manifesto Transcripts (Part 1)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Manifesto Transcripts (Part 2)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Think Pair Share Routine: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

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

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Skull of Zurbarán

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Tailor's Flower

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Beach Life

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Nixon '72 (Vote Mc Govern)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

The Mythic Being: Typing

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Futurist Flowers

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Voice and Choice

Project Zero

Untitled (I Am An Invisible Man. No...)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

The Advantages of Being a Woman Artist

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Poster, Silence = Death

National Museum of American History

Student Manifestos

Ashley Beck

Plan

Ashley Beck

Question Starts: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Create

Ashley Beck

Critique

Ashley Beck

Reflect

Ashley Beck

Resources

Ashley Beck