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  1. What Does it Mean to be an American?Explorations in Contemporary and Historical Images Critical Discussion for Multiple Grade Levels By: Shannon Graf Fall 2001

  2. What is Patriotism? • Create a word bank of at least 12 words that come to your mind when you hear the word, “Patriotism.” • Webster’s Dictionary definition: “Feeling, expressing, or inspired by love for one’s country.” • How do the words in your word bank relate to the definition above? • Keep in mind, as we continue, all of the parts you have just listed to define Patriotism.

  3. Egyptians Protesting the American AttackMohamed Ibeahim/The Associated Press (2001, Photograph) • What is happening in this picture? • How does that make you feel? • What are the Egyptian citizens trying to say to you?

  4. They Get What They DeserveUnknown Photographer( 2001, Photograph) • Do you have the same feelings about this sequence as you did for the previous picture? • What are your feelings about the title of this photograph?

  5. Are different people shown in this painting? How can you tell a difference? Why would Napoleon want to be shown this way? Can you imagine why Gros would want to show Napoleon in this way? Napoleon Visiting the Pest House at JaffaAntoine-Jean Gros(circa 1780, Oil Painting)

  6. Raft of the MedusaTheodore Gericault(1818, Oil Painting) What would you be thinking if you were in this situation? What parts of this painting make you understand the feelings of the men?

  7. Patriotic Webster’s Definition: Feeling, expressing, or inspired by love for one’s country. We have seen patriotism in art from other countries, now we will look at work from the United States of America.

  8. Is this image patriotic? Consider the definition we discussed and explain the reason for your answer to this question. What would this image have meant to Americans at home during the war? Old Glory Goes Up on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, Joe Rosenthal (1945, Photograph)

  9. ReflectionsLee Teter(1988, Oil Painting) • What is occurring in this painting? • What is your emotional response to this painting? Be specific.

  10. I Want You!J.M. Flagg(Exact Date Unknown, Print) What is the purpose of this image? Would this be effective if the government used it today?

  11. Attack on America: Current Issues-based ArtJohn Marlin; Second Grade; Ennis, Texas(Columbus Dispatch: Oct. 1, 2001, Crayon Drawing) What has this young artist done to turn a tragedy into a triumph? How does this drawing relate to the other images we have seen?

  12. What do I think it means to be an American? Personally answer the above question… • Create one image • Write 2-5 sentences to support your image • Consider: • Notes from classroom discussion • Definition of Patriotic • Images viewed