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Ideas for Classroom Use

C. H. Fellowes Tattoo Flash Book

Compare and Contrast: Essay or Conversation

Have students compare the process of tattooing at the time that Fellowes was doing his work with the process of tattooing today.  Include the evolution of tools and materials available, health concerns, how designs have changed over time, and how many designs in the style of C. H. Fellowes are still popular today.

Common Core State Standards Connections

Writing for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Grades 6-12

Standard 9 - Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Artifact Analysis

Using a copied image from Fellowes' flash book, complete a worksheet that has students take a closer look at one particular image (it should be one of his more complex images, such as a battle scene).  After recording the facts about the image - colors used, words used, description of a scene, etc,  students should then try to make historical connections.  Why would Fellowes have sketched this? Was there a corresponding historical event?  What themes or motifs has the artist tried to incorporate into his work? (Use the analysis worksheet on the sidebar.)

Common Core State Standards Connections

Reading for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Grades 6-12

Standard 2 – Determine the central ideas of information of a primary/secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source, distinct from prior knowledge/opinions.

Writing for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Grades 6-12

Standard 7 - Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating an understanding of the subject under investigation.