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Get hungry while you explore the unique and delicious traditions of the Basque people through food.
I have given numerous presentations on countless artworks in the Library of Congress's Thomas Jefferson Building. These images show some of the artworks I have discussed.
Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields/Revolución en los Campos shares the compelling story of legendary activist and leader Dolores Huerta (b. 1930) and the farm workers movement of the 1960s and 70s. It is a quintessentially American tale of struggle and sacrifice, of courage and victory.
As a complement to the exhibition, these educational resources explore Huerta's public life as an activist and co-founder of the United Farm Workers (UFW) and what led her to become a Latina civil rights icon. In her life as a communicator, organizer, lobbyist, contract negotiator, teacher and mother, Huerta's unparalleled leadership skills helped dramatically improve the lives of farm workers.
Users will broaden their understanding of the farm workers movement through a careful look at Dolores Huerta's significant - but often under-acknowledged - contributions. The exhibition and educational resources also explore how workers of different ethnic and racial backgrounds came together to empower the movement and how the arts played an essential role. In addition, users will come to understand Huerta's far-reaching impact and important legacy.
This collection is designed to extend students' thinking about acting to overcome systems of oppression after they read a memoir that focuses on social justice and activism. In our English program, students in 6th grade read I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousazai; in 7th grade, students read March: Book One by John Lewis; and in 8th grade, students read Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi. All use the Project Zero thinking routine "Think, Feel, Care" to explore Malala's, John Lewis's, or Marjane's reaction to the system of oppression they face in their story. To engage with the thinking routine, we ask the following questions:
Think: How does the character understand the system and her/his role within it?
Feel: What is the character's emotional response to this system and her/his position within it?
Care: What are her/his values, priorities, and motivations with regard to this system? What is important to her/him?
From there, students analyze the question: How does the character act on what is important to her/him in response to this system?
We use this collection and the "Think, Feel, Care" routine to look at how others have responded to and acted against different systems of oppression. After spending time with this collection, we end with the "Circle of Action" thinking routine to help us think about the potential for our own action against systems of oppression.
This collection could be used in conjunction with any unit that focuses on social justice or activism.
Movie Posters from Puerto Rico
Introduction to feature film’s narrative stories
Arch of the story – Beginning, middle, & end
Introduction to the Lesson Plan
Constant scrolling through social media platforms and click bait headlines, many of us uncritically consume vast amount of visual media every day. This lesson plan asks student participants to make observations of visual media and to transform those impressions through the creative medium of cinematography. The goal of the lesson plan is to help develop a more nuanced, informed visual literacy among young learners.
The use of visual impressions in this lesson plan allows the student to construct cinematic narrative stories based on Puerto Rican culture and daily life. The images printed on these posters relate to themes that explored art and exhibitions, medical education and prevention of diseases, natural disaster awareness and relief actions, community engagement in medical campaigns, as well as rural life in Puerto Rico. In order to write this narrative story, the student will interact heavily with the poster visuals and the stories they represent in order to awaken the student’s imagination and intellect as they engage in an exercise of writing fiction, allowing them to learn about Puerto Rican culture and cinematic history.
-Exposure to film archival material
-Development of writing skills for film narratives
-Analyses and comprehension of the screenwriting process and structure
-Exposure to Puerto Rican culture and daily life activities
-Teamwork and ability to multitask
Concluding Questions to Students
- What did you know about Puerto Rico and its culture before the lesson plan, and what are new things that you learned about it after engaging in this exercise?
- What visuals impacted you the most and why?
- After completing step # 3, how did you initially envision the characters of your story to be or to behave?
- Do you feel confident about using the beginning-middle-end structure to write a screenplay?
- What are a few things that you can take from this exercise and how do you see implementing them in future–artistic, cinematic, writing–projects?
The following seven images are screen printings of movie posters from Puerto Rico. These screen-prints are housed at the Archives Center at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.
The purpose of this lesson plan is to help you create a narrative story (aided by the poster’s images and scenarios) following a movie scrip sequence of “beginning, middle, and an end.” Then compare your story with others in your classroom and see how close or far were you from the stories–of the films–these posters represent.
Here are the steps you need to follow:
- Choose 3 (out of the 7) posters.
- Once you have selected your posters, assign them a place in your narrative story as follow;
- Poster # 1 - Beginning
- Poster # 2 - Middle
- Poster # 3 - End
- Look at the characters, the setting (place and/or type of surroundings), objects, symbols, and the text on your posters (we will provide attendees with Spanish to English translation for this lesson plan).
- Give Names to the characters in the posters. Names can repeat if you want a character in one poster to be the same character in another poster (this might be helpful to write your narrative story). Or! each character in a poster can be unique and have its own story.
- Go to the lesson plan images and read the description and keywords for each of your 3 choices.
- Combine your text from step # 4 and incorporate it into your narrative (in your own words) with your observations from step # 5
- Arrange your narrative, shuffle the order of your posters (beginning, middle, end), move characters around, change names, etc. Have fun.
You will have the option of shuffling the order of your posters at any time in order to re-arrange your narrative.
Your narrative does not have to be perfect or make any sense. The purpose of this lesson plan is to put you in the mindset of the writer and director of a feature film. Using as inspiration movies made in Puerto Rico as you analyze the meaning and stories behind the posters you chose in order to make your own Puerto Rican movie.
This lesson plan was an assignment completed as part of University of California, Berkeley Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program with PhD candidate, Amanda Guzman.
This collection will focus on the Word War II event, D-Day, specifically Flak-Bait and Rosie the Riveter.
Using photography, digital media, and various platforms to construct the history of D-Day
Understanding Haitian Culture though Art
This lesson will support teaching Haitian traditions and culture through the Frost Art Museum collections. It will also provide a look into cultural identity, Haitianite supported by research conducted by two FIU faculty members . The PowerPoint will expand on Haitian history and the notes will add talking points. The Miami Dade County Public School lessons support various investigations from the past to the present.
Connections to the Polish Black Virgin demonstrate the spread of culture and religious beliefs that traveled as countries were conquered.
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.
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 Smithsonian Learning Lab collections with teaching strategies from National Portrait Gallery educator, Briana White.
Keywords: Asian American, painter, Washington Crossing the Delaware, Claim, Support, Question, Compare and Contrast, Seattle
This Smithsonian Learning Lab collection received Federal support from the Asian Pacific American Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.
Elementary Classroom Collection
See - Think - Wonder
Images of the world’s first integrated all-female big band, comprised primarily of African American and mixed-race women in their teens and early 20s. More at https://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/2010/04/sweethearts-of-rhythm.html
In this activity, students will examine photographs documenting the Bracero Program, the largest guest-worker program in US history. Started in 1942 as a temporary war measure to address labor demands in agriculture and railroads, the program allowed Mexican nationals to take temporary agricultural work in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, and 24 other states. By the time the program ended in 1964, over 4.6 million contracts were awarded.
Using two Project Zero Global Thinking Routines - "Unveiling Stories" and "The 3 Ys" - students will analyze the stories these photographs tell about the experiences of braceros in this program, and the impact of these stories in multiple contexts. Additional resources (primary sources, a digital exhibition, and an article) and information on how to use these routines in the classroom can by found by clicking Read More ».
Keywords: mexican, immigration, work, migration, migrant workers, agriculture, reform, politics, government, leonard nadel, photojournalism, activity, inquiry strategy, global competency, global competence, latino, chicano, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, 1940s, 40s, 1950s, 50s, 1960s, 60s
In this activity, students will analyze photographs documenting the exodus of Bikini islanders from Bikini Atoll prior to Operation Crossroads, a pair of nuclear weapons tests and the first detonations of nuclear devices since the bombing of Nagasaki. These photographs were taken by Carl Mydans and were published in the LIFE Magazine article, "Atomic Bomb Island," on March 25, 1946.
Using two Project Zero Global Thinking Routines - "Unveiling Stories" and "The 3 Ys" - students will analyze the stories these photographs communicate about the experiences of the Bikini islanders and America's perspective on military advancement after WWII. They will also consider the perspectives presented by these photographs, in multiple contexts from the personal to the global. Additional resources (primary sources and the original article) and information on using this collection in the classroom can by found by clicking Read More ».
Keywords: atomic testing, atomic bomb, operation crossroads, bikini islands, bikini atoll, rongerik, able test, baker test, nuclear bomb, photojournalism, inquiry strategy, global competence, global competency, 1940s, 40s, 1950s, 50s, 1960s, 60s
Resources for lessons on the culture and storytelling elements of food, specifically for the YAG Podcasting project.
This collection was designed to enable students to reflect deeply on their understanding of local and global human impacts on the planet and how they can inspire others to care about/collectively work to solve one of these issues. Students will use Project Zero Thinking Routines to examine various pieces of environmental art before they create their own visual call to action focused on the environmental issue that they care most about.
Global Competency Connection:
- This project was designed to be the culminating project in a high school Environmental Science class, thus it is the expectation that students have “investigated the world” as they explored environmental and social issues throughout the course.
- This project will incorporate a level of choice as students “communicate their ideas” on the environmental issue that resonated most with them.
- As a part of the project, students will share their campaigns with their teachers, peers, and families, and through this awareness raising thus “take action” on issues of global significance.
#GoGlobal #ProjectZero #EnvironmentalScience
<<This information is relevant to the Fall 2018 - Spring 2019 SSYAC Program.>>
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Orientation for new members of the Smithsonian Secretary's Youth Advisory Council (SSYAC) for Fall 2018 - Spring 2019:
- About the Smithsonian Secretary's Youth Advisory Council (SSYAC) -- including forms and other important information
- About Secretary David J. Skorton
- About Smithsonian's past and present
- About Smithsonian Affiliate participants
- About Smithsonian operations, and policy information helpful to SSYAC members.
- Meeting Resources (relevant info related to upcoming meetings will be added closer to meeting dates).
KEYWORDS: teen council, student engagement
This collection shares the tools, weapons, and resources of Native Americans. The material in this collection shows the ability of the Native Americans to create and thrive using primitive technology, as well as their ability to adapt to foreign technology.
This collection also makes apparent how despite the lack of education and industrial progress of the Native Americans, they were able create weapons and tools that were not only effective in fighting off their technologically superior invaders, but even surpass them in the quality of some of their creations. This even led to the Europeans beginning to see value in the works of the Native Americans, and even to begin copying the styles of the natives.
This collection will also explore the use of resources for protection, including but not limited to armor and footwear. The uses of these resources were vital to their survival. Adaptations of these resources and development, with influence of modern technologies, still find the basis of early resources still effective today.
While the Native Americans were eventually forced to adopt the technology of their invaders, they still managed to maintain their sense of culture. New ideas taken from the Europeans were not simply copied, but rather incorporated into Native American culture without drastically changing who they were as a people. Despite their inability to successfully fight off the American Colonists, the Native Americans showed great resolve and adaptability to be able to hold off the new Americans for as long as they did, and were able to help change the outcomes of wars among European countries.
The tools they used to survive without the technological advancements made available to Europeans is astounding. From their ability to create clothing, weapons, food, entertainment and shelter to their useful strategies, the Native American people were able to sustain a lifestyle made easier.
Students will explore these sources to spark inquiry and investigation about how the Civil War impacted American society.
- Students can complete the sorting activity to categorize the images.
- Students should select one source they find most intriguing and generate questions about the source and its related topic by completing the quiz question.