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Tiger in a Tropical Storm by Henri Rousseau can be analyzed by your second grade class. They'll learn about the artist Henri Rousseau and then use six excellent questions to better understand the painting. Ten related activity suggestions are included to actively engage your young art history enthusiasts.
Assess your class's reading comprehension with this short reading quiz. A paragraph about Jean Jacques Rousseau and his contributions to the Enlightenment provides different types of context clues, which readers can use to answer the four following questions. A short answer key is available as well.
Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), is hard to classify. As he states in the Confessions, he “is without precedent.” Like other neoclassical writers, he drew inspiration from classical sources (Augustine’s Confessions); however, many of his themes are romantic. Introduce viewers to this complex man with a PowerPoint that uses excerpts from his Confessions to reveal his “inmost soul.”
Wow! Instead of jumping into a list of characteristics that Romantic literature typically abides by, this presentation starts by discussing the etymology and evolution of the word romance. After five slides of history, the viewers start focusing on the specific characteristics of Romantic literature. Exoticism, mysticism, and neoclassicism are also introduced.
Young scholars examine the use of composition and line as they create original drawings. In this composition and line activity, students recognize the art vocabulary associated with line and composition. Young scholars illustrate the shape of a tree using contour drawing.
Students identify and describe characteristics of civic virtue. Following a class discussion, they create their own definitions of civic virtue. They write essays based on their own definitions and formulate conclusions on the state of civic virtue in the United States. They support their conclusions weith at least two examples.