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This collection was created for my 8th grade students to use prior to viewing the 2003 HBO Documentary Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives. My goal is for the students to expand their knowledge of slavery and its brutality. Using the Think-See-Wonder strategy, students will first view the photograph of Gordon. They will then compare and contrast it with the woodcut image from Harper's Weekly. Other images in the collection complement the documentary. 

I have included a link to the Library of Congress that explains the history of the Slave Narratives as well as a Teacher's Guide to the HBO documentary.

While viewing the documentary, the students will take notes on the worksheet provided. As a culminating activity, the students will use their notes and each create a one minute oral history for Gordon.

This collection was created in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery's 2019 Learning to Look Summer Institute. 


Kathleen Young

Symbolism and Self-Portraiture Like Kehinde Wiley

After using the "Seven Ways to Look at a Portrait" strategy, students create self-portraits in the style of Kehinde Wiley that incorporates study symbolism, self-identity narrative, and reflection on the poses of traditional American portraiture. This lesson requires access to computer technology, a camera (mobile phone is fine), a green screen background, a green screen phone app or program, and ideally a printer.

Amy Leserman

"The more you look, the more you see." - Self Portraiture and the Personal Essay - Student Version - (#SAAMTeach)

Text below, from The National Portrait Gallery: "Eye to I: Self Portraits from 1900 to Today."


Drawing from the National Portrait Gallery’s vast collection of self-portraits, this exhibition explores and thinks critically about how American artists have chosen to portray themselves over the past two centuries. Individuals featured in Eye to I have approached self-portraiture at various points in history, under unique circumstances, and using different tools, but their representations—especially when seen together—all raise important questions about self-perception and self-reflection. Some artists reveal intimate details of their inner lives through self-portraiture, while others use the genre to obfuscate their true selves or invent alter egos. Are we seeing mirror images? Or, are these portrayals refractions of modern identity that reveal artistry rather than personality?

As we are confronted each day with “selfies” via social media, and as we continue to explore the fluidity of contemporary identity, this is an opportune time to reassess the significance of self-portraiture in relation to our country’s history.

Annette Spahr

JFK and Jacqueline Kennedy by Warhol following the assassination

A collection of portraits of Jacqueline Kennedy and JFK as related to the assassination. The collection begins with “Jacqueline III” and transitions into Warhol’s “Flash.”  The collection will ask students to use the puzzle, 30 second look, and the three why’s viewing techniques, as well as answer various short answer questions. It was the intention that students would have access to the collection on one to one devices and chose to answer questions in pairs or small groups.  Following work with the collection, students could work to create their own screen prints of images they feel represent a current pop culture figure, event, or personality.


Stephanie France

Technology and American Popular Music

The evolution of tecnology has allowed American Popular music to continue to be popular. Technology has allowed consumers of all generations to access all types of music easily and have the history of American Popular music at their fingertips. Legendary artists like Nat King Cole and the Beatles remain legendary thanks to the volition of technology. Consumers are able to watch and listen to these legendary artists from wherever even when their music on records and CD's fades away.


Rock Music & Its Influence on Identity

This collection puts together different resources that portray the impact rock music had on society. Rock music influenced the lives of the youth through lyrics, image, and performance. This teen-oriented music was written about women, sex, and social reform. The influence from artists and their songs caused the youth to change not only their values, morals, or what was sexually appropriate, but also even their style. The phrase "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll" didn't come from nothing. #MUS109-2019

Works Cited:

Starr, Larry, and Christopher Waterman. American Popular Music. 5th ed., Oxford University Press, 2010.

Nekola, Anna. “ 'More than Just a Music': Conservative Christian Anti-Rock Discourse and the U.S. Culture Wars.” Jstor,

Images/Videos Used:

NRRArchives. “Chuck Berry ‘Sweet Little Sixteen.’” YouTube, YouTube, 25 Nov. 2012,

ForbiddenInGermany4. “Elvis Presley - Hound Dog (1956) HD 0815007.” YouTube, YouTube, 26 Dec. 2010,

Channel, Smithsonian. “How Teenagers Ran the Rock 'n' Roll Era.” YouTube, YouTube, 7 July 2017,

“The Beatles.” Discogs,

“1960's Fashion.” Pinterest,

"Naomi Wesstein." Wellesley Center for Women , Web. 30 Jun 2019. .

Michaela Peck


Learn to categorize animals by the habitats in which they live.

The Evolution of Technology in United States Popular Music

This collection will explore how new technological inventions have shaped the way people listen to popular music in the United States throughout history. We will discusses the theme "Music and Technology", that has been covered in class. The collection will include images, articles, and videos about new inventions that shaped the way Americans listened to popular music. We will cover inventions going all the way back to the phonograph in 1877, to the Apple iPod in 2001. This collection would most likely be intended for high school and college students. #MUS109-2019

Resource Citation:

Starr, L., & Waterman, C. (2009). American Popular Music; from Minstrelsy to MP3 Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. Popular Music, 28(1), 124-125. doi:10.1017/s0261143008001694Compact_Discs_(CDs)






Sam Colombo

Streaming's Impact on Artist Revenues

As streaming has become the most popular mode for listening, artists have had to adjust to smaller earnings despite growing audiences.  This collection looks at the shift from physical and "purchased" downloads to streaming subscriptions. The collection evaluates how artists are compensated compared to other listening platforms. It also looks at how spotify has changed the way we find and listen to music. Streaming has helped listeners find their niche, and prevented radio and media from swaying listening habits. No Longer are people tied to one genre. 


Works Cited/ References

Bazzi. “Bazzi Feat. Camila Cabello - Beautiful (Official Video).” YouTube, YouTube, 15 Oct. 2018,

 “Can the Music Industry Survive the Streaming Revolution?” CBS Newshour forYouTube, PBS, 4 Feb. 2015,

Chang, Althea. “Giving Musicians a Revenue Boost in the Age of Streaming Media.” CNBC, CNBC, 20 Oct. 2015,

Forde, Eamonn. “'They Could Destroy the Album': How Spotify's Playlists Have Changed Music for Ever.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 17 Aug. 2017,

Hernandez, Patricia. “Streaming Now Accounts for 75 Percent of Music Industry Revenue.” The Verge, The Verge, 20 Sept. 2018,

“How Streaming Platforms Are Changing Music Promotion and Discovery - TuneCore.” United States, 15 Jan. 2019,

“IMS Ibiza 2016: Great Streaming Debate.” YouTube, 8 June 2016,

McCandless, David. “What Streaming Music Services Pay.” Information Is Beautiful, Information Is Beautiful, 19 Feb. 2019,

McDermott, Maeve. “4 Artists You Won't See on Streaming Services.” USA Today, Gannett Satellite Information Network, 23 Dec. 2015,

Mulligan, Mark. “Niche Is the New Mainstream.” MIDiA Research, 17 May 2019,

Oremus, Will. “Everything You Need to Know About How Streaming Has Transformed the Way the Music Business Works.” Slate Magazine, Slate, 6 Sept. 2018,

O'Kane, Josh. “Music's Business Model Shifts as Streaming Revenue Dominates for First Time.” The Globe and Mail, 24 Apr. 2018,

“Promotion – FAQ – Spotify for Artists.” Promotion – FAQ – Spotify for Artists,

Richter, Felix. “Infographic: Music Streaming Grows Increasingly Popular.” Statista Infographics, 8 July 2016,

Roberts, Randall. “Apple Will Shut down ITunes, Ending the Download Era, Report Says.” Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2019,

“Spotify for Artists on IPhone.” YouTube, 12 Oct. 2017,

Stewart, Allison. “What Genres Have Benefited the Most from the Streaming Era of Music?”, 4 Apr. 2018,

Swift, Taylor. “For Taylor Swift, the Future of Music Is a Love Story.” The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones & Company, 7 July 2014,

hanna rogers

Hip-Hop Origins: East Coast VS West Coast

As the new generation rave about the consistency of Drake and the unique style of the Migos, and certainly the lyrical prowess of Kendrick Lamar, it is important to dive back into the rich history of Hip-Hop and learn from the originators. This collection is utilizing the American Popular Music Theme Centers and Peripheries to show the foundation of Hip-Hop build what became the East Coast. As we all know, Hip-Hop is a competitive genre, represented by lyricist who will do anything to hold the #1 spot. Due to the overwhelming influence of the East Coast RAP, a gritty, violent, lyrical style infused with street gang life gave birth to gangsta rap in Cali and better known as the West Coast RAP. Viewers will enjoy the origins, the East Coast and West Coast Rappers, and the greatest battle of all time. 




Alysse, Bianca. “Eric B. & Rakim Talk Favorite Hip-Hop Duos, Rise of Mumble Rap & Their New Ice Cream Flavor.” Billboard, 22 Aug. 2018,

Alysse, Bianca. “Eric B. & Rakim Talk Favorite Hip-Hop Duos, Rise of Mumble Rap & Their New Ice Cream Flavor.” Billboard, 22 Aug. 2018,

Alysse, Bianca. “Eric B. & Rakim Talk Favorite Hip-Hop Duos, Rise of Mumble Rap & Their New Ice Cream Flavor.” Billboard, 22 Aug. 2018,

Area, Lil Kim. “Lil' Kim - Get Money Ft. Notorious B.I.G (HD, Uncensored Lyrics).” YouTube, YouTube, 25 Dec. 2017,

B.I.G., The Notorious. “The Notorious B.I.G. - Juicy (Official Music Video).” YouTube, YouTube, 6 Sept. 2011,

B.I.G., The Notorious. “The Notorious B.I.G. - One More Chance (Official Music Video).” YouTube, YouTube, 6 Sept. 2011,

Batey, Angus, and Angus Batey. “Forget 'Straight Outta Compton' – This Is The Real Story Of NWA.” NME, NME, 4 Oct. 2016,

Big, Notorious. “The Notorious B.I.G. - Who Shot Ya?” YouTube, YouTube, 18 Mar. 2009,

DeathRowChannel. “2Pac - ‘2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted.’” YouTube, YouTube, 13 Nov. 2009,


Ekpo, Ime. “Hip-Hop Legend Big Daddy Kane to Receive the Key to Brooklyn.” The Source, 22 June 2018,

Hip-Hop, Seven. “2Pac - Hit 'Em Up (Dirty) (Official Video) HD.” YouTube, YouTube, 28 Mar. 2013,

JustinTinsley. “All Eyez on VIBE Magazine's 1996 Death Row Cover.” The Undefeated, The Undefeated, 21 Apr. 2017,

MacInnes, Paul. “Ice T Helps Pioneer Gangsta Rap on the West Coast with His Rapcore Single Body Rock/ Killers.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 12 June 2011,

Ortiz, Edwin. “28 Photos That Defined the '90s Bad Boy Era.” Complex, Complex, 20 Oct. 2016,

Richards, Chris. “As a Rap Phenom, LL Cool J Needed Love; as a Rap Legend, He's Finally Getting It.” Reading Eagle, 4 Jan. 2018,

Shook, Darylese. “'Lowriders' Is High on Family Drama but Low on Riding.” Daily Titan, 15 May 2017,

Smith, Camilo Hannibal. “Houston b-Girls Ericka Martinez and Lucia Rodriguez Break the Breakdance Mold.” Houston Chronicle, 22 Feb. 2019,

Starr, Larry, and Christopher Alan Waterman. American Popular Music: from Minstrelsy to MP3. 5th ed., Oxford University Press, 2018.

Tosiello, Pete. “An Honest Evaluation of LL Cool J's Entire Career.” Vulture, Vulture, 17 Dec. 2018,

Video, UPROXX. “Dr. Dre Ft. Snoop Doggy Dogg - Nuthin' But A G Thang (Dirty) HD.” YouTube, YouTube, 31 May 2009,

“Wall Art.” Pixels,

Williams, Brennan, and Brennan Williams. “Slick Rick Praises The First-Ever Global Hip-Hop Day.” HuffPost, HuffPost, 5 June 2017,


Critical Listening of Country Music- The Evolution of Popular Country Music

The purpose of this collection is to analyze and appreciate the evolution of American country music, starting pre-1950 up to the modern day. Included are mostly audio links/videos and lyric videos with written information to guide your listening. There are a few links to articles that go more in depth about some specific artists and songs. In addition, there are links to lyrics and images of the artists to help guide the listening, analyze the words to the music, and put a face to the song.  


Article/Text References:

Adams, N. (2000, April 24). 'I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry'. Retrieved June 15, 2019, from  

Chilton, M. (2018, October 10). How Taylor Swift's Debut Album Set Her Apart From The Rest.  Retrieved from

Dixie Chicks. (2002, August 28). Retrieved June 30, 2019, from  

Hemphill, P. (2015). The Nashville Sound: Bright Lights and Country Music. Athens, GA: The University of Georgia Press. Retrieved June 15, 2019, from

Hoppe, G. (2017). Icon and Identity: Dolly Parton's Hillbilly Appeal. Southern Culture, 51-52. Retrieved June 29, 2019, from


Kacey Musgraves Chart History. (n.d.). Retrieved June 30, 2019, from          

Price, D. E. (1998). With MCA Comeback, Country Is The Word For Newton-John. Billboard, 110(16). Retrieved June 25, 2019, from


Starr, L. and Christopher Waterman. American Popular Music. 5th edition

Content References:

Adams, N. (2000, April 24). 'I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry'. Retrieved June 15, 2019, from

Braddock, B., Toby, K. (2009, June 16). Toby Keith- I Wanna Talk About Me [Audio Video (youtube)]. Youtube.

Charles, R. (2018). Ray Charles NPR Audio [NRP Audio External Learning Tool]. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Danver, J. (2013, April 5). John Denver- Take Me Home, Country Roads [Audio Video (youtube)]. Youtube. The Essential John Denver. 

[Digital image]. (2018, December 24). Retrieved June 29, 2019, from

Frey, G., & Browne, J. (2011, November 22). The Eagles Perform "Take It Easy" [Audio Video (youtube)]. Youtube- Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Gibson, D., & Charles, R. (2008, January 25). I Can't Stop Loving You [Audio Video (youtube)]. Youtube.

H. H., H. C., & Cline, P. (2007, October 3). Patsy Cline- I Fall To Pieces [Audio Video (youtube)].

Hyman, D., Tobias, C., & Land, K.D. (2015, January 20). Shadowland [Audio Video (youtube)]. Youtube.

King, P., & Stewart, R. (2015, July 23). Patti Page- Tennessee Waltz [Audio Video (youtube)].

Lindsey, H., Rose, L., & Swift,T. (2009, April 13)). Fearless- Taylor Swift [Audio Video (youtube)].

Mann, B., Weil, C., & Parton, D. (2016, June 10). Dolly Parton- Here You Come Again [Audio Video (youtube)]. Youtube.

Miller, J. D., & Wells, K. (2010, June 12). Kitty Wells- It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels [Video (youtube)]. The Original Sound of Country 1952.

Nelson, W. (2011, September 16). Willie Nelson- Me and Paul. Youtube

Rostill, J., & Newton-John, O. (2012, August 25). Olivia Newton John- "If You Love Me, Let Me Know" [Audio Video (youtube)]. Youtube.

Sommers, John Martin, & Denver, J. (2016, December 9). John Denver- Thank God I'm  A Country Boy [Video (youtube)]. Youtube. 

Williams, H., & Charles, R. (2008, January 25). Ray Charles- Your Cheatin' Heart [Audio Video (youtube)]. Youtube.

Williams, H. (2009, December 24). Hank Williams- Cold Cold Heart [Audio Video (youtube)]. Mercury Records.

Mackenna Ward

The Evolution of Music Technology

The theme of this collection is music and technology and specifically the evolution of music technology. This collection will address the different ways in which popular music in America has been dispersed/listened to over the course of time. This collection will include images, videos and audio. 



Barnicle, S. (1997). Music Technology. Music Educators Journal,84(3), 9-9. Retrieved from

Herzog, K. (2019, February 15). 24 Inventions That Changed Music. Retrieved from
Starr, L., & Waterman, C. (2009). American Popular Music; from Minstrelsy to MP3 Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. xii 498 pp [Abstract]. Popular Music,28(1), 124-125. doi:10.1017/s0261143008001694
Timeline of music technology. (2019, February 24). Retrieved from

Content Sources

"Microphone." (2019). Microphone. Retrieved from
Invention. (n.d.). Retrieved from
Sommerfeld, K. (2018, November 28). History of the Cassette Tape. Retrieved from
Take a Quick Trip Through The History of Sheet Music - A Fun Infographic. (2016, September 09). Retrieved from
Us, H. Q. (n.d.). History of the Radio:. Retrieved from

Amanda Leslie

Representation of

Alessia Laudadio

A trip with a dancer

Self portrait images, dancer, trip, art, Rome, dance 

Giulia Vigo

Molte di me

Questa collezione riunisce una serie di immagini selezionate nella banca dati dello Smithsonian o prodotte dalla sottoscritta durante un'attività didattica del Master in Studi avanzati di Educazione museale-Università degli Studi Roma 3, svolta alla Galleria d'arte moderna di Roma  e riguardante la mostra "Donne corpo e immagine tra simbolo e rivoluzione ". Il prodotto finale del breve ciclo di Lezioni dedicato al "Digital Storytellin" è stato il video intitolato "Molte di me" realizzato da chi scrive grazie al paziente lavoro delle docenti Antonia Liguori e Philippa Rappoport, a cui colgo l'occasione  per esprimere il mio sincero ringraziamento. Il video intende raccontare il viaggio che sto compiendo alla scoperta del mio essere.

Vincenza Distasi

The Survivors Who Haunt Us: Developing Global Competence by Understanding the Power of Resilience

These materials address a unit on resilience and global competence as related to and extended from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  #SAAMteach

Yolanda Toni

Second Opinion: Forging the Future – Smithsonian Resources

This is a Smithsonian Learning Lab topical collection, which contains interdisciplinary education resources, including student interactives, videos, images and blogs to complement the Smithsonian's national conversation on global climate change, highlighted on Second Opinion. Use this sample of the Smithsonian's many resources to introduce or augment your study of this topic and spark a conversation.

Ashley Naranjo

Black Panther and Black Superhereos

Wakanda Learning Lab is this? 

This Learning Lab explores the importance of representation in popular media. How are people portrayed? Why are they portrayed? What does this say about a people in a society and the society itself? How do these messages affect and inform us about others and ourselves?

First, how are African Americans are represented in popular media. Second, how African, the African Diaspora, and African American culture are represented in Black Panther (both as a comic book character and as part of the modern Marvel cinematic universe) and through other superhero lore. 

The National Museum of African American History and Culture celebrates the museum's acquirement of the movie costume of the iconic and groundbreaking Marvel comic book character Black Panther. The character of Black Panther (King T'Challa of Wakanda), and his iconic suit, debuted in the Marvel cinematic universe in the 2015 film Captain America: Civil War, and featured in his self-titled movie Black Panther in 2018. Since the debut of Black Panther (King T'Challa of Wakanda) in the Fantastic Four #52 in July 1966, Black Panther has been a trailblazer for the black superheroes that have followed him in print and on screen. 

Students can explore this Learning Lab independently. Learning exercises and worksheets have been provided to help enhance the exploration of the content. 

Keyword: nmaahc, African, American, Black, Panther, Marvel, T'Challa, Wakanda, suit, comic, superhero, super, hero, civil war, wakanda

Tabbetha Harrison

Visual Connections between Buddhism and Ancient Greece

Using the Project Zero Visible Thinking routine "See Think Wonder," this activity investigates the cultural connections between Ancient Greece, Rome, and Gandhara* as seen through a sculpture of the Buddha created in the 2nd century CE. Buddhist sculptures from Gandhara are significant not only because they show the extent of Alexander the Great's influence on Asia, but also because they are some of the first human depictions of the Buddha in the history of Buddhist art.

Even without a deep knowledge of the art of this period, students can make visual observations and comparisons that reveal the blending of Asian and Greco-Roman culture in this particular region.

*Gandhara is a region in what is now modern Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Keywords: greek, kushan, mathura, india, inquiry strategy, classical, roman, gautama, siddhārtha, siddhartha, shakyamuni, lakshanas, signs of the buddha


Rose Krieg

A Morning in Damascus

This collection features a series of three independent activities around one singular portrait of Bayard Taylor (formally titled A Morning in Damascus) painted by Thomas Hicks, 1855.  Taylor was one of America's foremost and most popular travel writers of the mid to late 19th century.  

These activities were created for my Advanced Placement World History course to practice close reading skills as well as historical thinking skills.  The notations provided here are for teacher reference and would not be given to students. 

This collection was created in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery's 2017 Learning to Look Summer Teacher Institute.



Lauren Hetrick

Subway: Jigsaw Activity

Resources compiled for the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Summer Institutes: Teaching the Humanities through Art for a session developed by Peg Koetsch.

Phoebe Hillemann

Teaching Resources: Artful Animals

This topical collection gathers resources related to animal meanings and motifs in African art. Includes art objects related to 30 animals (real and mythical!), information on symbolism, a map of Africa, activities, audio, folktales, a guide on how to look at African art, and links to other teaching resources on Artful Animals.

Tag: Africa

This collection was created to support the 2016 CCSSO Teachers of the Year Day at the Smithsonian.
Deborah Stokes


Put the ARTS in STEM - From Egypt to South Africa, take a brief tour of the African Cosmos  and have your students discover the intersection of Art and Astronomy in the southern hemisphere.   Explore constellations only seen on the African continent.  See why the Goliath beetle became a symbol of rebirth for the Egyptian scarab.  Learn about celestial navigation by people and animals. 

Create Your Own Constellation!  Request Activity sheets for your classroom.

Submit your class constellations to our Student Gallery and be a part of your own school's online exhibition!

Deborah Stokes
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