Why Lesson Planet?
A three-tiered activity guides eighth graders through an engaging social studies activity. After completing the pre-activity, that prompts learners to participate in a seminar on Richard Westall's painting The Sword of Damocles, individuals choose a letter to write from the perspective of a colonial American. Individuals then choose a leader from the American Revolution and write a letter to a loved one about his or her feelings about democracy. Finally, writers choose additional works of art to include in a museum exhibit about American democracy.
- Create an interdisciplinary unit between language arts and social studies, or between social studies and art history
- Project an image of the painting onto the board for inspiration
- Use the three activities as opportunities for differentiation
- The second lesson in a three-part series; the other two lessons are linked in the introduction
- Requires copies of the Constitution and the Westall painting, as well as online access
- Aligned to North Carolina standards, but applicable to any state standards
- Promotes close reading of primary and secondary texts
- Comes with rubrics for assessing each level
- Includes comments from class members to influence your instruction