In this unit, students will become familiar with fables and trickster tales from different cultural traditions and will see how stories change when transferred orally between generations and cultures. They will learn how both types of folktales employ various animals in different ways to portray human strengths and weaknesses and to pass down wisdom from one generation to the next. Use the following lessons to introduce students to world folklore and to explore how folktales convey the perspectives of different world cultures.
In this art history video discussion Beth Harris and Steven Zucker look at Albrecht Durer's "Self-Portrait, 1500." (Alte Pinakothek, Munich).
This art history video examines the "Alexander Mosaic" c. 100 B.C.E., tessera mosaic from the House of the Faun, Pompeii. This Roman floor mosaic may be based on a lost Hellenistic painting by Philoxenos of Eretria, The Battle of Issus, c. 315 B.C.E.). Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples.
Studied students stupefy! Students learn about alliteration by listening to an alliterative read-aloud and apply the knowledge they gain to the creation of their own poem and illustration.
Using the AMAM’s renowned collection of Asian art, more than 20 lesson plans connect different topics of study with the arts and cultures of Asia. They are based on Ohio’s Learning Standards for all ages and interdisciplinary areas.
Developed through generous grants from the Freeman Foundation, each lesson includes: learning objectives and assessment questions, a hands-on activity, related state and national learning standards, vocabulary words, differentiations for K-12 levels, a slideshow with supplemental maps and images, and additional resource links.
In this art history video discussion Beth Harris and Steven Zucker examine Albrecht Altdorfer's "The Battle of Issus," 1529, oil on panel. Alte Pinokothek, Munich.
In this art history video discussion Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker consider Ambrogio Lorenzetti's series of frescos "Allegory of Good Government", "Effects of Good Government in the City and the Country", and "Allegory and Effects of Bad Government in the City and the Country" Siena c. 1337-40. Sala della Pace (Hall of Peace) also known as the Sala dei Nove (the Hall of the Nine), Palazzo Pubblico, Siena.
Students apply the analytical skills that they use when reading literature to an exploration of the underlying meaning and symbolism in Hieronymous BoschŐs early Renaissance painting "Death and the Miser".
In this lesson Students individually consider a visual text and draw conclusions based on what they see. They write about their conclusions and explain the evidence used to make that determination. Students will be able to analyze a visual text. Students will be able to develop and support a claim about the visual text based on evidence found in the text.
In this art history video Beth Harris and Steven Zucker discuss Paul Troost's House of (German) Art (1933-37) in relation to the Great Exhibition of German Art and the Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art) Exhibitions of 1937 in Munich.
The House of German Art now exhibits international contemporary art in direct opposition to original National Socialist intent.
Paint a vivid picture in your reader's mind with good descriptive writing! Artwork provides the perfect starting point for practicing descriptive writing that conveys color, shape, line, and mood.
In this art history video discussion Beth Harris and Steven Zucker consider the Barberini Faun, c. 220 B.C.E. (Glyptothek, Munich).
The Craft in America Education Guides feature artists, objects and segments from each of the television episodes and are organized by episode, below. These interdisciplinary standards-based guides bring craft to your classroom. Download lesson plans that educate, involve, and inform students about how craft plays a role in their lives, with connections to American history and culture, philosophies and science, social causes and social action.
The Craft in America Education Guides are written to support middle and high school art education curricula. We've set up suggested lesson plans that you can personalize to your classroom, based on age and interests. We've included links to videos and other places to learn more, so that you can go further on a particular subject or example. The guides can also be adapted for use in other subject areas. The purpose of the guides is to deepen students' knowledge, understanding and appreciation of craft in America and to inspire creativity in the classroom and beyond.
In this lesson students evaluate published children's picture storybooks. Students then plan, write, illustrate, and publish their own children's picture books.
Using different writing/drawing materials (e.g., markers, color pencils, pastels, etc.), students learn how to communicate different moods and/or feelings to support their written ideas and how authors do the same through their work.
This video features a Smarthistory conversation between Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker in front of the Colossus of Constantine, c. 312-15 (the first Christian Emperor of Rome). Palazzo dei Conservatori, Musei Capitolini, Rome.
This art history video discussion looks at Thomas Couture's "Romans of the Decadence," 1847, oil on canvas. (Musée d’Orsay, Paris).
Graphic organizers assist the development of comparative vocabulary and generate discussions of analogy and metaphor in art as students go on a real or virtual tour of an art gallery.
Students will really warm up to this lesson about global warming as they study multimedia materials and use a variety of comprehension strategies.