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Portrait of a Captain's Wife

Art Project

Make a copy of a generic background of a famous portrait painting - perhaps George Washington.  Then, have students paint a portrait of a friend from class in the space where the original face was.

Common Core State Standards Connections

Speaking and listening, grades 3-5

Standard 1 - Engage in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade-level topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Speaking and listening, grades 6-12

Standard 1 - Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade-level topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Writing, grades 3-5

Standard 1 - Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

Standard 2 - Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

Standard 3 - Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective techniques, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Standard 7 - Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.

Standard 8 - Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.

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

Worksheet Activity: Object Analysis

Complete an object analysis on the Rebecca Benson portrait, and share findings with the class.

Common Core State Standards Connections

Writing, grades 3-5

Standard 1 - Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

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

Speaking and Listening, Grades 3-5

Standard 1 – Engage in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade-level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Reading for Information, Grades 6-12

Standard 7 – Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g. visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

Writing, Grades 6-12

Standard 1 – Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

Standard 9 – Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Speaking and Listening, Grades 6-12

Standard 1 – Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade-level topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

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

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

Standard 7 – Integrate visual information (e.g. in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

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

Standard 1 – Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.

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

Creative Writing Assignment

Write a story about Rebecca Benson, based on what can be inferred through the facial expression, clothing, and style of painting seen in the portrait.

Common Core State Standards Connections

Writing, grades 3-5

Standard 1 - Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

Standard 2 - Write informative/explanatory texts to exmaine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

Standard 3 - Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective techniques, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Standard 7 - Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.

Standard 8 - Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.

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

Writing, grades 6-12

Standard 1 - Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence

Standard 2 - Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

Standard 3 - Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

Standard 7 - Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.

Standard 8 - Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; assess the credibility of each source, and quote or paraphrase the date and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and providing basic bibliographic information for sources.

Standard 9 - Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflections, and research.