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Political Campaigns

How have political campaign strategies evolved over time? Use this collection of a variety of resources (artifact, poster, photograph, news article, video, and painting) to find an answer to the question. As you review the collection, take notes on the variety of issues, audiences, and tactics you see represented.

Tags: politics, campaign, election, vote, ballot box, Kennedy, Nixon, 1960, Obama, 2008, 1956, Eisenhower, Ike, Nixon, Harding, Republican, Democrat, suffrage, Lincoln, 1860
Kate Harris

Analysis of Resources in a Learning Lab Collection - Teacher Workshop on August 10, 2016

This collection contains two resources - a broadside and a screen print.
Think about how you would use them to deepen your students' comprehension of a particular historical era and how you would use them within your instructional cycle.
Linda Muller

200 Years and Counting: How the U.S. Census Tracks Social Trends

In lessons in this 1990 issue of Art to Zoo, students learn how census data is collected and how it is used. They fill out census forms and interpret information from graphs, tables, and other information displays. Click the PDF icon to download the issue.

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access

Manifest Destiny

This collection is comprised of only two resources. It is designed to help students' deepen their analyses of these resources to understand the abstract concept of Manifest Destiny.
Linda Muller

A Ticket to Philly - In 1769: Thinking About Cities, Then and Now

This 1990 issue of Art to Zoo asks students to “visit” eighteenth century Philadelphia and to think about communities as “organisms.” Includes a map and a “step-by-step” guide of the sights of old Philadelphia. Click the PDF icon to download the issue.

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access


This 1982 issue of Art to Zoo introduces the celebratory rituals of
various cultures. In a lesson, students compare birthday rituals from
other cultures with those of their own. Click the PDF icon to download.

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access

Ethnic Folklore in Your Classroom: Traditions, Tales, and Treasures from Tijuana to Timbuktu

This 1984 issue of Art to Zoo encourages educators and students to embrace diversity in cultural heritage. Includes instructions on how to put on a cultural heritage festival in the classroom. Click the PDF icon to download.

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access

Landscape Painting: Artists Who Love the Land

A lesson plan in this 1996 issue of Art to Zoo introduces students to the basic principles and techniques of landscape painting via the works of four American artists. Activities reveal some artistic tricks used in landscape paintings. Click the PDF icon to see the issue.

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access

Africa Behind and Beyond the Headlines

A lesson plan in this 1980 issue of Art to Zoo introduces students to the interplay between environment and traditional culture in sub-Saharan Africa. Students learn about the significance of African masks and create their own masks. Click the PDF icon to download the issue.

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access

Civil War

Glenn Wiebe

Does taking a stand effect change?

Some short and long-term effects of Rosa Parks Taking a Seat
#C3 Framework
Wendy Curry

You Might Remember This Movie Quiz Question #28

These still pictures remind me of a motion picture. Which one? Click the question mark and take the quiz to see. Click each picture to enlarge. Click the last box for details on the answer.

Smithsonian Movie Quiz

What makes someone an American?

This set was developed for my class on Teaching Historical Inquiry with Objects. In this hypothetical lesson I would pose the question "What makes someone an American?" along with supporting questions such as "what did the founders say about being an American?" "how has the definition of American changed over time?" and "how have outside groups been treated in American history?" This collection of images will focus primarily on the last question about how outsiders have been treated in American history.
#C3Framework #TeachingInquiry
Peter Merkel

What do Americans Look Like?

The concept of racial identity and stereotypes is explored through art from different periods in U.S. history. Students explore the question of "What do Americans look like?" The aim of the activity is to demonstrate how early perceptions of American identity have become deeply embedded in the American psyche, and have resulted in racial tensions and conflict that continue to affect our country today. #SAAMteach
Ellen Fisher

Telling Edward Hopper's Untold Stories

This lesson was designed for the 6th grade language arts class. The purpose is to review with students the key elements of a story and to position them to create a short story based on one of the works of Edward Hopper. Our end products will be collected into an ebook of Hopper’s works and the possible backstories behind them as written by the students.
In the class meeting prior to these activities the students will have participated in a videoconference with a SAAM representative who will explain the ways an artist uses color, shape, line, form, etc. to convey meaning. Earlier in the year, students will have been exposed to elements of a story. Their understanding of these will be reviewed and reinforced through these activities.
Three days of activities outlined in the Lesson Concept document. They include activities related to close looking and incorporate the Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) of "See, Think, Wonder" (STW), the "I Used to Think...But Now I Think" strategy, and the "Collaborative Poem" strategy (CP).
Keeping the middle school students' needs and interests in mind, I have incorporated group work --both large and small groups-- and hands-on activities that respect their need to move around.

Peggy Veltri

The Odyssey

Rebecca Marks

The Seeing Eye: Using Edward Hopper's CAPE COD MORNING as Inspiration for Creative Writing

Objective: To examine art and poetry in an effort to see beyond the ordinary, using observation, collaboration, analysis, and inference. To create an original short story and corresponding visual text based on evidence presented in Edward Hopper’s "Cape Cod Morning." // Art is integrated into this lesson in two distinct ways: with the student as consumer AND as producer. By engaging deeply in the artwork and creating multiple artistic responses to it, students truly experience not only the genius of established masters, but the relevance of their own ideas. Benefits beyond the usual curricular outcomes include building cultural literacy and gaining confidence in "reading" art. #SAAMteach

The idea for this lesson came from an article on the Smithsonian website by Helen Appleton Read, in which the author praises Edward Hopper's "seeing eye," which is to say, his uncanny ability to create extraordinary art from mundane subject matter. The students will begin with a close look at "Cape Cod Morning," followed by a structured discussion and analysis of it. After reading Read's article, the students will explore the Seeing Eye as a literary concept by delving into the exquisite Robert Frost poem, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." Throughout the lesson, students will practice visual thinking in reading and writing and go on to create both an original short story and a picture inspired by Edward Hopper's "Cape Cod Morning."
Kristen Hill

Tenement Lesson Concept

The purpose of this lesson is to examine tenement housing in London and New York City during the Industrial Revolution, and California during the Great Depression. The lesson will begin with a teacher led discussion/evaluation of an artwork by Millard Sheets, Tenement Flats, in which the "Claim, Support, Question" method will be utilized. Next, students will break into groups to analyze additional artwork and photographs to continue examining tenement life. They will access their assigned work and sources through They will also Close Read a primary source that provides further information on the era. In small groups they will create a poster size Claim/Support/Question chart that will later be presented to their peers. The class will engage in the "Ladder of Feedback" strategy to analyze and evaluate each others work. The culminating activity will be a low-stakes writing assessment in which groups will open and share a Google Doc to write a thesis, three supporting claims followed by bulleted evidence. Each group will post their final product on Google Classroom. For homework, each individual student will be asked to read and review at least three groups' thesis/claims and post a minimum of two responses providing feedback to their peers. #SAAMteach
Ann Campbell

Work and Leisure--Independence (Squire Jack Porter) and "Rip Van Winkle"

Independence (Squire Jack Porter) is the image of a self-made man at leisure on his porch. However, surrounding him are the symbols of his humble past...and possibly of the work not yet completed. Rip Van Winkle is the image of a lazy man who is more content with having fun than in working. These two characters, one from the artwork and the other from literature, provide an excellent contrast with each other and provide an opportunity for student discussion and writing.
Randy Jackson

A Golden Destiny: Manifest Destiny and Westward Expansion

This collection explores Leutze's Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way in connection to westward expansion, Lundeberg's Pioneers of the West, and Whitman's poem "Pioneers! O Pioneers!".

Lauren Chavey

North American Indian

in progress
andrew cashin

Lawrence's The Library and Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

This collection has a lesson plan to connect Jacob Lawrence's painting The Library with Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Students will connect Scout's love of reading with their own interests using Think, Pair, Share. They will explore the painting using Visual Thinking Strategies. They will discuss empathy in the context of the novel and use Perceive, Know, Care About to write from the perspective of someone in the painting. Pdfs of the strategies and the lesson plan are included.

Jennifer Bates

Manifest Destiny

Emma Cisneros
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