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Here students design a stamp to commemorate the life of Thomas Jefferson
Art, Social Studies
Title – Thomas Jefferson Stamp
By – Lisa Hill
Primary Subject – Social Studies
Secondary Subjects – Art
Grade Level – 8th
- Students will demonstrate how Thomas Jefferson can be commemorated on a stamp.
- Students will understand art media and how it can be used effectively.
- Students will research the life and accomplishments of Thomas Jefferson and demonstrate their knowledge through symbolism.
- Students will be assessed on their knowledge of Thomas Jefferson by designing a stamp commemorating his life and accomplishments using the Principles of Design.
- To create a commemorative stamp of Thomas Jefferson in order for students to understand his historical influence on American History.
- To understand the principle of design and how it is used to create effective pieces of art.
- To understand art media and to display that knowledge through a completed stamp of Thomas Jefferson.
- 1.13 Students will make sense of ideas and communicate ideas with Visual Art
- 2.26 Through Arts & Humanities, students recognize that although people are different they share common experiences and attitudes.
Program of Studies:
- AH-8-VA-10 Students will analyze characteristics and purposes of art that represents various cultures, historical periods and artists.
- AH-M-4.4.1 Students create art for specific purposes using the elements of art and principles of design to communicate ideas.
- AH-M8-4.4.2 Students use a variety of art media, processes and subject matter to communicate ideas, feelings and experiences.
National Content Standards:
- Visual Arts Content Standard 1: Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes
- Visual Arts Content Standard 3: Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas
- Visual Arts Content Standard 4: Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures
- This lesson will be a culminating activity in which the students will end a 1 week unit on Thomas Jefferson by creating a commemorative stamp on his life and presidency. The students will learn about his political career, historical contributions, his talents and family life and display their knowledge by creating a 9×12 replica of a stamp. In addition to this, the students will also be reviewing their knowledge and understanding of the elements of art, principles of design and art media. Throughout this lesson, students will have a choice of media and will also reflect on this lesson with an explanation of their design.
- “History Alive”:
Creating America: A history of the United States
- by Gene Mittler, Ph.D. and Rosalind Ragans, Ph.D.
- Students will research the library, internet and textbook to find as much information on Thomas Jefferson as they need in order to write an obituary on Thomas Jefferson and design a stamp to commemorate his life.
- Students will gather information, take notes, pre-write and draft a one page obituary on Thomas Jefferson. This information will also be used to create symbols, designs, color, etc. in order to create a stamp.
- Before creating their design, students will be given a description of the principles of design and art media. Students will be instructed to use these processes when designing their stamp.
- Students will have class time and additional time at home to complete their stamp project. A deadline of 5 days will be given.
- Once the project is completed and turned in, students will be given a prompt to respond to in their notebook. This will be a reflection of the knowledge gained during this lesson, an explanation of the choice of media and the principles of design in their art piece.
- Students will be assessed on how well they communicated their knowledge of Thomas Jefferson through a written obituary and a clear design of the commemorative stamp. The reflection of the lesson will also be used to assess how well the students planned, researched and implemented their ideas through a creative design.
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