Westward Expansion Art Analysis

Self-Paced Lesson

Students learn about Westward Expansion by analyzing the American Progress painting. Students also tell their own American West story by interviewing family members and creating art.


Standards

CA HSS 8.8.2.


Lesson and Resources

Lesson: Westward Expansion Art Analysis; Spanish

Student Response Sheet: Westward Expansion ARt Analysis Student Response Sheet; Spanish 


    Teaching Tips for Different Learning Environments

    Whole Class In-Person Learning: Student Groups for Parts 1-6, analyzing artwork then class share out. Individual student presentations or Gallery Walk of student stories.

    Whole Class Distance Learning:  Screen Share Image and ask questions OR Jamboard with image and ask students respond via virtual stickies. Use breakout rooms for Parts 4-6, groups making a hypothesis of artist's intentions and analyzing information about the art work and artist.

    Tech Fun: Use Jamboard or Padlet to analyze painting; Google Tours to add people's ancestry lines add photos, descriptions, videos; Use Jamboard or Padlet to share answers to graphic organizer questions.


    Associated Resources


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    PHYLLIS H. BARBATO • MOLLY AND NEAL H. BROCKMEYER • FRANK H. COUNTNER AND SUSAN L. COUNTNER • DWIGHT STUART YOUTH FUND • EDISON INTERNATIONAL • DAVID F. EISENBERG • GEORGINA-FREDRICK CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION•THE KENNETH T. AND EILEEN L. NORRIS FOUNDATION • MAX H. GLUCK FOUNDATION • CHRISTY AND STEVE MCAVOY • ANN C. RONUS AND ROBERT E. RONUS • THE STEINMETZ FOUNDATION • VIRGINIA F. STEVENSON • UNION BANK • U.S. BANK