A Brief History of Graffiti

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Vandalism or self expression? Watch this short video that walks viewers through the history of and debate about graffiti, and then decide for yourself.

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Instructional Ideas

  • After researching, have class members pick a side of how they view graffiti—vandalism or art—and debate the topic
  • Flip the classroom and have learners watch the link at home, saving class time for discussion and further research
  • Coordinate with the art teacher to create a cross-curricular study and creating of graffiti
Classroom Considerations

  • Best used in an art class or in a study of forms of expression

  • Along with the video, the link comes with questions for discussion, a quiz to check for understanding, and links to further investigate

  • Does not show real examples of the graffiti mentioned in the video