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Tooker's "The Waiting Room" As a Window Into Theme and Tone

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Language Arts And English Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

Students will begin by examining Tooker's "The Waiting Room" using the "See/Think/Wonder" methodology. Then, they will examine five poems and argue (using evidence from their chosen poem as well as the painting) which poem is closest in tone and theme to the painting. I've included additional images to further the discussion.

The Waiting Room

Smithsonian American Art Museum

See/Think/Wonder

Harvard Project Zero

Alien Child

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Crowd #5 (Washington Square West)

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Three Men Walking II [sculpture] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Waiting Room

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Waiting for the Local

Smithsonian American Art Museum