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Lesson Plans

connecting the arts to immigration (more specific)

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Terri Marzec (terrim)
Wed, 09 Jul 1997 10:32:48 -0700

Last week I sent a message stating:
I am a teacher seeking certification by the National Board for Professional
Teaching Standards. One requirement to accomplish this goal is to design
instruction to build students' understanding of how the arts provide insight
into the social studies theme of "immigration". These lessons are to enrich
students' understanding of both immigration and of the arts.


Addition to that message:
I need to emphasize 4 specific stimuli in this planning- a black & white
copy of Arshile Gorky's painting entitled "The Artist and his Mother" (a
painting that appears to represent the artist and his mother soon after
immigrating to the United States); an excerpt from the short story, "Letters
from Rifka" (the excerpt is a letter written in 1919 to a family member from
a Jewish Polish girl whose family will emigrate to America but must leave
her behind until her ringworm heals. She cannot go back to the family home
in Berdichev because the Russians are angry with her family. She must go to
live with a family in Belgium that she does not know.); Hallach's political
cartoon, "The Only Way To Handle It" (1921 cartoon that depicts funnelling
immigrants from Europe to the United States, with a "gate" allowing only 3%
in); and the manifest, or passenger list, for the Mayflower (from Bradford's
History "of Plimoth Plantation"- an excerpt from the original manuscript and
a "typed" copy, documenting the passengers and their family members who were
left behind, also demonstrating lack of consistent spelling).

If you have any additional ideas related to these specific stimuli, I would
greatly appreciate your input!