Identity: My Symbols, My Identity

Authors: National Museum of Mexican Art Education Staff Summary: This lesson explores how the symbols in a work of art can help express the identity of an individual or a cultural group. Students discuss popular cultural symbols and identify symbols that have personal importance for them. They look closely at Ester Hernández’s serigraph print The […]

Identity: The Art of Losing

Authors: Jennifer Barron, Kennedy High School Melissa Covington Tanner, Art Institute of Chicago With contributions from: Laura Lang, PhD, University of Wisconsin—Madison, Literacy Consultant Mary Hawley, Literacy Consultant Summary: In this lesson, students will explore how works of art and literature can help us understand how certain belongings can strengthen our sense of identity and […]

Western Expansion: Perspectives on Westward Expansion

Authors: Sara Jatcko, Terra Foundation for American Art Kelly Naughton, Chicago Public Schools Charlotte Ross, Newberry Library With contributions from: Mary Hawley, Literacy Consultant Summary: In this lesson students analyze a map, artworks, informational texts, and primary sources that present different perspectives on Manifest Destiny and the westward expansion of settlers and miners into U.S. […]

Journeys: Exploring Inner Journeys in Art and Text

Authors: Sara Jatcko, Terra Foundation for American Art Manuel Valderrama, Lane Tech College Prep High School Summary: By conducting close readings of works of visual art and poetry, students will explore how artists connect physical journeys with inner journeys of human experience. Students will also write narratives that depict real and imagined journeys. Lesson Overview […]

Journeys: Mapping Real and Imagined Journeys

Author: Lauren C. Watkins, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Summary: This lesson begins by having students explore how maps can help them imagine, record, and remember journeys. They discuss how journeys may take place in the physical world or in the imagination. Then students analyze John Cage’s A Dip in the Lake: Ten Quicksteps, Sixty-two […]

Journeys: Sharing Journeys through Words and Images

Authors: Joel Javier, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art Sheri Snopek, Columbus Elementary School Kimberly Houston-Moore, Fort Dearborn Elementary School Summary: In this lesson, students explore real and imagined journeys by analyzing the life and artworks of Joseph Yoakum. Students then write narratives and create artworks of their own real or imagined journeys. […]

Journeys: Moving Forward, Looking Back

Authors: Jennifer Barron, Kennedy High School Melissa Covington Tanner, Art Institute of Chicago With contributions from: Laura Lang, PhD, University of Wisconsin—Madison, Literacy Consultant Mary Hawley, Literacy Consultant Summary: In this lesson, students will explore works of art and literature to better understand the impact of forced journeys on individuals and their families, especially when […]

Migrations to Chicago: Cultural Adaptation and the Process of Assimilation in Chicago

Author: Nevada Montgomery, The DuSable Museum of African American History Summary: People who migrated or immigrated to Chicago in the late 1800s and early 1900s encountered many challenges and opportunities.  Through the artwork and primary sources presented in this lesson, students will analyze how these newcomers adapted to their new environments and went through a […]

Migrations to Chicago: Housing Conditions for New Arrivals in Chicago

Author: Jessica Marshall, Chicago Public Schools Summary: This lesson explores the experience of immigrants in Chicago from 1890–1950.  Students will use artworks, primary sources, literary texts, and maps to address the following question: “What was the reality of life in Chicago for newly arrived immigrants and migrants during the early 1900s?” The lesson asks students […]

Migrations to Chicago: Push and Pull Factors for Chicago Immigrants, 1890 – 1950

Author: Rick Cardis, Evanston Township High School Summary: This lesson will deal with the experience of immigrants in Chicago from 1890-1950.  Students will analyze artwork and primary sources to compare and contrast the way various texts address the factors that pushed and pulled immigrants and migrants to Chicago and other U.S. cities in the late […]