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ERIC Number: ED440048
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 39
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The West As America: A Guide for Teachers.
Nemerov, Alex
This teacher's packet accompanies the Smithsonian exhibition "The West as America: Reinterpreting Images of the Frontier, 1820-1920." The lessons are intended for grades 10-12 but can be adapted for both elementary and middle school students studying expansion of the U.S. frontier. The five lessons in the packet include: (1) "Heroes and Exploration"; (2) "Native Americans and Stereotypes"; (3) "Mining for Gold"; (4) "The Western Environment"; and (5) "How History Is Made: The View from the Artist's Studio." Each lesson is divided into five distinct steps calling on students to observe art from the period and examining the ways of presentation of the subject. The focus is on observational skills, interpretation, and analysis of meanings. Students undertake various projects designed to improve their interpretative skills. Teaching hints are provided, along with suggested works of art to use in the classroom. (EH)
National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, MRC 230, Washington, DC, 20560. Tel: 202-633-8062; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC.