a Painting To Life
plans were developed by CAP (Curriculum
Arts Project) at symphonyspace
and are reproduced here with their permission.
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this lesson, students will write and perform monologues and dialogues
based on the painting “The Last Moments of John Brown”.
These dramatic writing exercises will give students an opportunity
to explore and express a variety of opinions about this historical
figure, his philosophy, and his actions.
LEVEL: Middle School students and older
ALLOTMENT: 2–4 periods
MATTER: American History, John Brown's Raid on Harper's Ferry,
Abolition, Art analysis
Social Studies: I - 1, 2, 3
English Language Arts: I, II
Arts: I, II, III, IV
OBJECTIVES: Students will be able to:
analyze, and discuss a historical painting, using visual evidence
to support interpretations and assumptions about the characters
in the painting and their historical period.
a historical event from a number of different narrative perspectives.
a dramatic character and write a monologue from his/her viewpoint.
collaboratively with a partner to develop a dialogue between
two historical characters, using a standard theatrical writing
format including stage directions.
and discuss an original scene revolving around the John Brown