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Tammy Fitts

Middle School (13 to 15 years old)
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Behind every great man is a woman! Looking at the role the First Lady plays.

<p>Opening:  Class Discussion:  What is a portrait?  What are the Elements of Portrayal?</p> <p>Show Michelle Obama Portrait- Have students work in pairs to come up with a list of things the artist wants us to know about the sitter.</p> <p>Discuss answers</p> <p>Read Washington Post article - Add any ideas to list</p> <p>Divide class into 6 groups - Each group is given a group of first ladies.  Students should come up with a list of attributes/characteristics/symbols for the group as a whole.</p> <p>Small groups should then meet together and complete a Venn Diagram to show similarities and differences of the groups to distinguish how portraits may/may not have changed through time.  Does this portray how the role of the first lady has evolved over time?</p> <p>Further questioning:  What roles will future first ladies (men, husband, partner) play in the U.S.</p> <p>Extension activity:  Portrait - Create a portrait of someone of importance or even a self-portrait.  What style will it be in?  How will you use the elements of portrayal?</p> <p><br /></p> <p>This collection was created in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery's 2019 Learning to Look Summer Teacher Institute.</p> <p>#NPGteach</p>
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