THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
Students will develop an awareness of the Civil Rights Movement, learn about artists Gordon Parks, Danny Lyon, Warren K. Leffler, & Maya Lin, and respond to prompts.
This lesson will introduce students to the Civil Rights Movement while guiding them through higher level thinking. A great way to lead students through image analysis with a graphic organizer to teach students the steps of describing, analyzing, interpreting, and judging images.
NOT JUST FOR ART TEACHERS! Use this lesson to incorporate history, visuals, and image analysis, and reflection into your curriculum.
Students will learn about the Civil Rights movement in history, view images from the period, read about four different artists documenting that time period, and observe and respond to visual images — an excellent way to align your classroom to the National Core Arts and Common Core State Standards.
—A brief timeline of the Civil Rights Movement.
—Images and descriptions of photographs/artwork from Gordon Parks, Danny Lyon, Warren K. Leffler, & Maya Lin
—A description of the principle of art: emphasis.
—A graphic organizer to help students develop visual literacy. Students will describe, analyze, interpret, and judge images from the lesson. Students will also answer 5 short essay questions about the Civil Rights Movement.
—Links for additional resources.
Combine this lesson with “Element of Art: Color” and “Artist and Activist Ai Weiwei” to create an art unit that covers the four art processes: Creating, Presenting, Responding, and Connecting.
This item is also available in the "Principles of Art: History, Photographers, and Student Responses" Bundle which includes all 7 principles in one.
NATIONAL CORE ARTS STANDARDS: Visual Arts Responding
#VA:Re7.1 Anchor Standard: Perceive and analyze artistic work.
#VA:Re8.1 Anchor Standard: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
#VA:Re9.1 Anchor Standard: Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.
COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS: College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.1: Read closely and make logical inferences.
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 in an analysis of substantive topics or texts.
Questions are written at a high school 9-10th grade proficient level but could be differentiated to fit other levels.