Lesson Plans: Civics

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Lesson Plans & Classroom Materials: Civics

The 1920s: The Migrants Arrive and Cast Their Ballots

Teach American history through art & explore democracy through this print from the Great Migration series by Jacob Lawrence.

See also Art Alive: Summer Street Scene in Harlem and Jacob Lawrence’s Summer Street Scene in Harlem, 1948.

Curriculum Connections: Art, Civics, Social Studies

Grade Level: Elementary, Secondary

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Jacob Lawrence, The 1920's... The Migrants Arrive and Cast Their Ballots

Jacob Lawrence
The 1920’s… The Migrants Arrive and Cast Their Ballots


Calling Every Man, Woman and Child!: American World War I Posters

Explore the political power of the poster, from MAG’s 2006 exhibition.

Curriculum Connections: Art, Civics, Social Studies

Grade Level: Elementary, Secondary

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James Montgomery Flagg, Wake Up, America! Civilization Calls Every Man, Woman and Child!

James Montgomery Flagg
Wake Up, America! Civilization Calls Every Man, Woman and Child!


The County Election

Teach American history through art and explore democracy in America through this print after George Caleb Bingham’s painting The County Election.

Curriculum Connections: Art, Civics, Social Studies

Grade Level: Elementary, Secondary

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John Sartain, The County Election

John Sartain
The County Election, lithograph


The Opposition

Explores William Gropper’s unflattering view of democracy in mid-20th century America.

See also Teaching American History Through American Art: Politically Aware Artists and William Gropper’s The Opposition, 1942.

Curriculum Connections: Art, Civics, Social Studies
Grade Level: Elementary, Secondary

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William Gropper, The Opposition

William Gropper
The Opposition



Participation in Government: The Role of the Artist in a Democratic Society

Create a visual product that will convince others to act on an issue of social and political importance.

Curriculum Connections: Art, Civics
Grade Level: Elementary, Secondary

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The Rochester Homelands Exhibition

Explore the 1920 Rochester Homelands Exhibition, in which the Gallery collaborated with the Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Education and the city administration in organizing a hugely successful 10-day exhibition celebrating the arts & culture of immigrant citizens.

Students explore original photographs & articles documenting Rochester’s celebration of its diverse population in 1920; includes guiding questions and art activities.

Standards: Art, Civics, ELA, Social Studies
Grade Level: Secondary

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Poster by public school students, 1920, for the Homelands Exhibition

Poster by public school students, 1920, for the Homelands Exhibition



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