Lesson Plan Authors: Karen Marshall and her colleagues at Francis Parker School, San Diego, CA
Subject Area: Social Studies
Grade Level: 9
Length of Time: about 9 days
Note: This project is versatile in that it can be used when covering a specific time period or region. In this particular case, my students were exploring Muslim Empires between 1400-1800 CE. My colleagues in the social studies department came up with the concept of this project and I implemented it in the classroom.
To explore, present, write, and discuss works of art from the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires through a variety of thematic lenses.
Students will be required to work in groups of two (2) for this project, with a group of three (3) being allowed only if class size permits.
Seven days after introducing project: Three-Four Minute Collaborative Presentation
Nine days after introducing project: 300-400 Word Individual Written Response and Graded Class Discussion
1. Collaborative Presentation
- Each group will be given a particular theme from Art Through Time: A Global View
- Via Art Through Time, each group will read the overview on their theme and watch the supplemental video
- With an understanding of their theme, each group is required to find five (5) pieces of artwork from either the Safavid, Mughal, and/or Ottoman Empires. The artwork can be from just one empire, two, or all three.
- The group will present their theme, artwork, and how the artwork embodies/reflects the theme to the class a week after the project is introduced in a three-four minute presentation.
- Formatting for Visual Presentation
- Presentations will be created via Google Presentation and shared with teacher
- Six (6) slides, with five (5) slides devoted to one piece of artwork each
- At least one of the artwork slides must have a piece of artwork found outside of the Art Through Time website (use the Helpful Sites links below)
- First slide will include…
- Group member names
- One sentence that explains what the theme is about
- Only text on the artwork slides will be…
- Title and artist of the artwork
- What empire the artwork is associated with
- Proper MLA citation of where artwork was found
2. Individual Writing Assignment
- Using “COMPARE” feature on the Art Through Time website, each member of the group will choose a different question to write about regarding their theme.
- When answering the prompt, students will use the two new pieces of artwork given to them and use the “Questions to Consider” as a guide for their response.
- Response to the prompt will be 300 words typed, double spaced.
3. Graded Class Discussion
- On Thursday students will come together for a graded class discussion, similar in nature to the Socratic discussions from the beginning of the year, to discuss the themes and artwork. Students will provide their own insights into the role that art plays in our lives and in historical understanding. Students will be graded on the quality of their participation in this class-long discussion.
It is important that the artwork used in the presentation comes from a reputable website. Below are three fantastic websites well suited for this project.