ERIC Number: EJ776289
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 4
Jacob Lawrence's "The Migration Series": Art as Narrative History
Laney, James D.
Social Studies, v98 n4 p131-136 Jul-Aug 2007
Because art is a reflection of cultural heritage, a natural affinity exists between art and social studies. In Jacob Lawrence's "The Migration Series," art serves as narrative history, with visual images telling the story of the Great Migration, a movement of African American people from the South to the North around World War I. Social studies and the arts can be effectively integrated using principles of discipline-based arts education and comprehensive arts education. In this article, the author provides (1) background information on the historical period, artist, and art, (2) objectives, (3) sample guided discussion questions and extension activities, and (4) sample assessment ideas. He also outlines a complete sample lesson, synthesizing the principles and ideas into a meaningful whole in which social studies studies enhances teaching and learning in the arts and vice versa. The following are appended: (1) The Great Migration, Old and New: A Sample Lesson Plan in History and Art: and (2) Electronic Resources.
Descriptors: Migration, Cultural Background, War, Social Studies, Art Education, United States History, Artists, Profiles, African American History, Social History, Integrated Curriculum, Unified Studies Curriculum
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