One of the most iconic images of our time, Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother” captures the era of the Great Depression.
This lesson will introduce Dorothea Lange to students while guiding them through higher level thinking.
NOT JUST FOR ART TEACHERS! Use this lesson to incorporate historical events, societal connections, and the impact of documentary photography into your curriculum.
Students will develop an awareness of the photographer Dorothea Lange, learn about Florence Owens Thompson and the story behind the image “Migrant Mother,” and respond to prompts.
—Brief biographies for both Dorothea Lange and Florence Owens Thompson.
—Images and descriptions of Lange’s work including “Migrant Mother.”
—10 higher-level questions connecting students to the time period and the artwork.
—Links for additional resources.
Combine this lesson with “Element of Art: Value” and “Pictorialism” to create an art unit that covers the four art processes: Creating, Presenting, Responding, and Connecting.
NATIONAL CORE ARTS STANDARDS: Visual Arts Connecting
#VA:Cn11.1 Anchor Standard: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.
COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS: College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.1: Make logical inferences from the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.3: Analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.7: Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.1: Write arguments to support claims.
Questions are written at a high school 9-10th grade proficient level but could be differentiated to fit other levels.