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American Identity Jennifer Hankes Daniel Webster Elementary 8th Grade

American Identity Jennifer Hankes Daniel Webster Elementary 8th Grade Language and Visual Arts and Social Science. Archibald J. Motley, Jr. (1891-1981 ) Self-Portrait , 1920 Oil on canvas; 30 1/8 X 22 1/8 in. The Art Institute of Chicago. Archibald J. Motley, Jr. Nightlife , 1943

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American Identity Jennifer Hankes Daniel Webster Elementary 8th Grade

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  1. American Identity Jennifer Hankes Daniel Webster Elementary 8th Grade Language and Visual Arts and Social Science

  2. Archibald J. Motley, Jr. (1891-1981) Self-Portrait, 1920 Oil on canvas; 30 1/8 X 22 1/8 in. The Art Institute of Chicago

  3. Archibald J. Motley, Jr. Nightlife, 1943 Oil on canvas; 36 x 47 3/4 in. The Art Institute of Chicago

  4. Key information & ideas about the artworks that informed the lesson: • Self-Portrait--wanted to show he was an artist and a gentleman • Painted during the Great Migration and the Harlem Renaissance • Negative stereotypes and few opportunities existed for African Americans in art during this time

  5. Goals for Lesson--what I wanted students to learn: • Artists tell stories through the images in their work • Stereotypes influence how we see others and ourselves • What does it mean to be an American? • One can express his/her identity through texts and illustrations

  6. A few major learning activities: Close Read: Formal analysis of Self-Portrait Research the artwork, artist, and time period Compare and contrast two different paintings (Self-Portrait and Nightlife) Compose a narrative to accompany Nightlife Create a self-portrait

  7. Short Story to accompany to the painting Nightlife

  8. Poem written to accompany the painting Nightlife

  9. Self Portrait

  10. Self-Portrait

  11. What my students learned: • “Paintings tell a story.” –Andrenetta • “Painting yourself is hard to do.” • – Ronald • “I learned that paintings can be based on true events.” –Renita • “His painting [Archibald Motley’s Self-Portrait] tells a lesson about not to judge others by how they look.” –Tachetti

  12. What I learned: • Lack of art experience and exposure in elementary education. • Visual arts are easily integrated into language arts. • American art is a great tool to grab students’ interest into a historical time period.

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