• “House by the Railroad”: A Painting and a Poem for the Common Core

    Created December 26, 2013
    House by the Railroad, Hopper

    This lesson invites a comparative close reading of Edward Hopper’s painting House by the Railroad and Edward Hirsch’s ekphrastic poem “Edward Hopper and the House by the Railroad” to explore how form affects content.

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    "Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle"

    A three-part PBS documentary examines the dawn of the comic book genre and its legacy, as well as the evolution of the characters over the last 75 years and their ongoing worldwide cultural impact. It chronicles how they were created, in large part, by the children of immigrants whose fierce loyalty to a new homeland laid the foundation for a multi-billion-dollar industry that is now an influential part of our national identity.

    Visual Culture of the American Civil War

    Produced by the American Social History Project, City University of New York, and funded through NEH's Summer Seminars Program, this resource provides multimedia presentations by historians, art historians, and archivists that are accompanied by archival images; primary documents illuminating aspects of the subject; and a bibliography of books, articles, and online resources.

    Italian Renaissance Learning Resources

    In this free resource on Italian Renaissance Art from the National Gallery of Art and Grove Art Online, students can explore thematic essays, more than 340 images, and 42 primary source texts in eight different units with printable activity guides and discussion questions related to each unit.

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    The Story of Movies

    The Film Foundation offers an interdisciplinary curriculum to expose new generations to classic cinema and to teach them about the cultural, artistic, and historical significance of film. Teaching Units include: Robert Mulligan’s To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Frank Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), and Robert Wise’s The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951).

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    Emanuel Leutze’s Symbolic Scene of Washington Crossing the Delaware

    On Christmas Night 1776, Washington crossed the Delaware River to attack Britain’s Hessian army at Trenton.

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    The Civil War in Art

    The Civil War in Art: Teaching and Learning through Chicago Collections from the Terra Foundation for American Art is designed for teachers and students to learn about the Civil War and connect to the issues, events, and people of the era through works of art. Included is an image gallery, classroom projects, a glossary, and more...