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Ashley Naranjo

Manager of Educator Engagement and Strategic Partnerships
Smithsonian Institution

Ashley Naranjo's collections


The Brown Sisters: Forty Years in Forty Portraits

This collection includes a unique series of portraits of four sisters. Every year, for forty years, one of the sisters' husbands captured the four women in a black and white photograph. A New York Times article introduces the project, paired with the forty photographs and some discussion questions considering elements of portraiture that are captured in these images.
Ashley Naranjo

The Blues and The Great Depression

<p>Using a sample lesson "The Blues and The Great Depression" provided by the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA) as a model, this collection demonstrates how the <em>Smithsonian Learning La</em>b can be a useful tool to curate digital resources that support a lesson for arts integration. </p> <p>In this lesson, students will learn about the structure and content of the blues using songs from the 1930s and the Great Depression. Students will brainstorm circumstances of the Great Depression and use those ideas to create an original blues song from the point of view of someone living during the Great Depression.</p> <p><br></p><p>Essential questions: </p> <p>● How does blues music reflect the challenges of poverty for the African-American experience during the Great Depression?<br>● How do images and songs reflect the emotions of the African-American experience during the Great Depression?</p> <hr> <p><em>The original lesson was created by the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA) and included in their Arts Integration User Guide for NJ Educators and Practitioners, starting on p. 90 (<a href=""></a>).</em><br></p><p><br></p>
Ashley Naranjo

Teaching Resources: Jazz Music

<p>This teaching collection includes a variety of resources to complement a study of Jazz compositions and performers. Through these lesson plans, sheet music, artworks, and video performances, teachers can introduce the musical evolution of jazz styles and contributions of key performers. Teachers might also introduce musical techniques involved in the creation and performance of jazz.<br /><br /><br />This collection was created for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Arts Professional Development Day.</p><p>#SmithsonianMusic<br /></p>
Ashley Naranjo

Student Podcasting: Exploring the "Nature of Science" through Podcast Development [TEACHER TEMPLATE-- MAKE A COPY]

<p>[DESCRIBE YOUR STUDENTS' PODCAST TOPIC HERE; INCLUDE ANY IMAGES, NOTES OR DOCUMENTATION ABOUT THEIR PROCESS. </p> <p>EXAMPLE (3-4 sentences): <em>Sixth grade students conducted research about our community's access to clean drinking water, electricity, and roads over the past fifty years. St</em><em>udents identified subject matter experts, refined interview questions, conducted interviews and produced the episode included here. This collection includes the completed podcast episode, alongside text and images documenting the students' research and production process.</em>]</p> <hr /><p>This Smithsonian Learning Lab collection includes examples of student-created podcast epsidoes, in response to prompts from the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Sidedoor for Educators</a> </em>collections. After listening to <a href="" target="_blank" style="background-color:rgb(63,63,63);">Sidedoor</a><em></em> podcasts to set context, gain background knowledge from Smithsonian experts, and initiate a local dialogue on the topic, students engaged in community-based scientific research to explore and collect evidence about how this topic and the content within the episode is defined locally.<br /></p> <p>To find additional student podcast collections, search the Smithsonian Learning Lab for <a href=";st_op=and&amp;item_type=collections">#YAGSidedoor2019</a>.</p>
Ashley Naranjo

Student Activity: Music as an Environmental Advocacy Approach

<p>In this student activity, explore five musical artists and their connections to environmental advocacy as shared by a Smithsonian Folkways archivist. Inspired by these songs about water issues, you will write lyrics for a song on an environmental theme, incorporating relevant words and imagery.</p><p>#SmithsonianMusic<br /></p>
Ashley Naranjo

Student Activity: Investigating Invasive Species

An invasive species is a plant or animal that has been introduced to an ecosystem and does great damage to its new home. In this activity, students will look at the impact of invasive species on marine ecosystems. Using a global database, students will identify the spread of invasive species. Students will go on to create a  public-service announcement to tell others what they can do to help solve the problem in their local water sources.
Ashley Naranjo

Student Activity: Clean Water Act Conservation Campaigner

In this student activity, you'll investigate human interaction with the natural world and discover ways to address global environmental concerns. It includes an archived interview with an expert, as well as an interactive timeline from the Environmental Protection Agency and steps that every citizen can take to be more environmentally aware.
Ashley Naranjo

Street Art: Local Washington, D.C. and Global Examples

<p>This thematic collection includes articles, interviews, images and online tours to support opportunities for exploring the relationship between visual art, attention seeking and attention getting. These resources could be integrated into lessons and activities, supporting a deeper understanding of street art both locally in Washington, D.C. and globally.  Featuring artists' response to COVID-19.</p> <p></p> <p>Keywords: DCPS "Somethin' Like a Phenomenon" visual arts unit, street art, stencil making, spray paint, graffiti, public art, mural</p>
Ashley Naranjo

Storytelling through Dance

<p>This collection explores the unique forms of storytelling found in choreography and portraiture. It demonstrates examples of artists that communicate universal narratives and express diverse perspectives without words. Photographs of war veterans by Louie Palu and the veterans’ experiences of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) inspired the featured dance. Students can watch a video interview with the choreographer, Dana Tai Soon Burgess, and answer guided questions from Project Zero's "Claim, Support, Question" thinking routine.</p> <p>This Smithsonian Learning Lab collection received Federal support from the Asian Pacific American Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.</p> <p>#APA2018</p> <p>Tags: dance, dancing, choreography, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), narrative, interpretation, analysis</p>
Ashley Naranjo

Smithsonian Video Resources in American Sign Language

This collection includes a growing number of educational video resources in American Sign Language, including the ArtSigns series from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the story behind an unusual object at the National Museum of American History, the Two Inch Universe from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, as well as a performance from the National Museum of American Indian, and storytelling at the Smithsonian's Folklife Festival.
Ashley Naranjo

"Shimomura Crossing the Delaware" by Roger Shimomura

<p>This topical collection includes a painting, "Shimomura Crossing the Delaware," by Roger Shimomura, an American artist of Japanese descent, with a National Portrait Gallery "Portrait Spotlight" containing background information and suggested questions for the classroom. Also included are a blog post and video interview of the artist about themes of identity in his work.  </p> <p>Teachers and students may use this collection as a springboard for classroom discussions about Shimomura and his artworks and for further research.  Also included are <em>Smithsonian Learning Lab</em> collections with teaching strategies from National Portrait Gallery educator, <a href="" target="_blank" style="background-color:rgb(63,63,63);">Briana White</a>. </p> <p>Keywords: Asian American, painter, <em>Washington Crossing the Delaware</em>, Claim, Support, Question, Compare and Contrast, Seattle </p> <p><em>This Smithsonian Learning Lab collection received Federal support from the Asian Pacific American Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. </em> <br /></p> <p>#APA2018 #EthnicStudies<br /></p>
Ashley Naranjo

See Think Wonder: Exploring an Artwork, "Men of Progress"

This collection uses the Harvard Project Zero Visible Thinking routine, "See Think Wonder" for exploring works of art. The strategy is paired with an artwork from the National Portrait Gallery entitled "Men of Progress", which features nineteen American scientists and inventors of the 19th century who "had altered the course of contemporary civilization." . Once you have examined the artwork and answered the questions, view the additional videos and artifacts from the National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of American History included to learn more and see how your interpretation compares with that of the experts. <br /><br /> (Videos of each of the sitters are arranged in order from left to right.)
Ashley Naranjo