Document Analysis: Course of Empire - AP World, AP US, AP Art History, Pre-AP WH

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Document Analysis - AP World History, AP US History, AP Art History - Course of Empire

LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Illustrate human’s impact on nature, the rise of ‘civilization’, & the causes/effects of the rise and fall of empires. In groups, students will work together to complete a document analysis on one of the five artworks & then present their findings to the class.

CONTEXT: The Course of Empire Series by Thomas Cole (American Artist) 1833-1836 was commissioned by a wealthy merchant to complete a series of 5 large artworks. In time, the works came to be seen as a warning for the United States in the mid-19th century – ALL empires rise & fall. The paintings do not represent any particular civilization but the viewer will instinctively see a parallel to Ancient Rome.

AP WORLD HISTORY MODERN, PRE-AP WORLD HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY, & ON-LEVEL WORLD HISTORY CURRICULUM NOTE: When AP World History included Ancient History (600 BCE-600 CE), used as an introductory activity BEFORE study of Roman Empire & Chinese Han Dynasty. Once the APWH curriculum changed to start in 1200 CE, I still used this activity as part of a Unit 0, or Backstory Unit. However, Most on-level world history courses still include the study of Classical Rome/China.

US HISTORY CURRICULUM NOTE: Activity works very well with the study of USA in the 19th century. AP US History, Period 4: 1800–1848.

AP ART HISTORY CURRICULUM NOTE: Unit 4 Later Europe and Americas, 1750–1980 CE. Artwork #109. The Oxbow (View from Mount Holyoke,

Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm), Thomas Cole. 1836 CE. Oil on canvas.

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