the Real John Brown Please Stand Up!
plans were developed by CAP (Curriculum
Arts Project) at symphonyspace
and are reproduced here with their permission.
For Teachers | For
this lesson, students will explore, through discussion and writing
activities, various perspectives of John Brown's character and
actions as expressed through paintings, period newspaper articles,
and quotes by contemporaries.
LEVEL: Middle School students and older
ALLOTMENT: 4–6 periods
MATTER: American History, John Brown's Raid on Harper's Ferry,
Abolition, Art analysis
York State LEARNING STANDARDS
Studies: I - 1, 2, 3, 4; V - 1, 2, 4
English Language Arts: I, II, III
Arts: II, III, IV
OBJECTIVES: Students will:
the importance of perspective in describing current or historical
events and how different viewpoints, attitudes, and beliefs
can change the ways in which a story is told.
able to handle historical primary source materials like 19th-century
newspaper articles, paintings, and quotes from historical
able to investigate, analyze, and discuss a work of art by
using visual evidence to support assumptions about the historical
period in which it was produced.