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Practice Reading Portraits--Black History Month

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Language Arts And English +1 Age Levels Primary (5 to 8 years old), Elementary (9 to 12 years old)

This collection was created for a brief warm-up activity where students practiced analyzing portraits of recognizable figures as a group, prior to working on their own portrait analysis. Portraits of Muhammad Ali, Serena Williams, Rosa Parks, and Booker T. Washington are included and they vary in detail and medium.

The last resource, a PDF file, is a teacher's guide created by the National Portrait Gallery. Teachers should lead discussion about the portraits using suggested questions in the guide, and then let students search for a portrait of someone of their own choosing to analyze.

tags: civil rights, sports, tennis, boxing, African-American, black history, analysis, comparison

Muhammad Ali

National Portrait Gallery

Booker T. Washington Revelation

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Rosa Parks

National Portrait Gallery

Serena Williams

National Portrait Gallery