What Makes Good History? (Grades 9-12)

WHAT MAKES GOOD HISTORY? (GRADES 9-12)

The value or significance of Norman Rockwell’s representations of the Civil Rights movement as sources of historical information.

OBJECTIVES

  • Students will gain an understanding of the events represented in The Problem We All Live With.
  • Students will develop critical thinking skills by analyzing different sources of visual information.
  • Students will reflect on the subjective nature of historical information.

MATERIALS

What Makes Good History? (Grades 9-12)
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Rockwell’s American Utopia (Grades 8-12)

ROCKWELL’S AMERICAN UTOPIA (GRADES 8-12)

The significance of Rockwell’s vision of an “ideal” America. The idea of utopia within American thought.

OBJECTIVES

  • Students will develop critical thinking skills by analyzing the ideals presented in Norman Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post imagery.
  • Students will study and reflect on the notion of an ideal society through investigation of utopian writings.
  • Students will articulate their own ideas of “ideal” society through written text and […]
Rockwell’s American Utopia (Grades 8-12) 2017-03-01T11:37:48+00:00

On the Twentieth Century – That Was Then, This Is Now (Grades K-12)

ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY – THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW (GRADES K-12)

OBJECTIVES

  • To compare the lifestyle changes between then and now

PREPARATION

  • To write descriptions of the people and places evident in the paintings
  • Show students prints of Rockwell illustrations that depict American life in the 20th century.
  • Discuss how NR would use his friends and neighbors to model for him.
  • […]

On the Twentieth Century – That Was Then, This Is Now (Grades K-12) 2017-03-01T11:37:48+00:00

A New Viewpoint (Grades 7-12)

A NEW VIEWPOINT (GRADES 7-12)

To consider Norman Rockwell’s imagery as a means of helping students reconsider their familiar cultural and community contexts.

OBJECTIVES

  • Students will develop visual literacy skills by carefully observing and analyzing Norman Rockwell’s representation of the “commonplace.”
  • Students will reevaluate their own communities by giving attention to details they have overlooked.
  • Students will create photo collages or multi media presentations that focus on details of their […]
A New Viewpoint (Grades 7-12) 2017-03-01T11:37:49+00:00

WWII on the Homefront – The Four Freedoms (K-12)

WWII ON THE HOMEFRONT – THE FOUR FREEDOMS

An analysis of the images Rockwell painted to describe Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms”, and a brief history of the impact these paintings had on America.

Tell the class about the speech Roosevelt made during WWII in which he described four freedoms — freedom of speech, freedom from want, freedom to worship, and freedom from fear. His point was that these freedoms should […]

WWII on the Homefront – The Four Freedoms (K-12) 2017-03-01T11:37:50+00:00

Going and Coming (1947) Quick Pic Activities

GOING AND COMING (1947)

Quick Pic Activities

Elementary/Early Childhood

1. Getting in Touch With Our Senses
Pretend you are standing somewhere in the painting—situated in the car or as a bystander watching it go by. Describe in detail what you can see, hear, smell, touch or taste from the location you chose

High School/Middle School

1. Make Rockwell’s Characters Talk
If two of the characters in Norman Rockwell’s Going and Coming painting […]

Going and Coming (1947) Quick Pic Activities 2017-03-01T11:37:52+00:00

Pictures and Words (Grades: K-5)

PICTURES AND WORDS (GRADES K-5)

Use Norman Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post covers to teach words and build communication skills.

Rockwell is known as The Saturday Evening Post’s most famous illustrator.  He submitted his first successful cover painting, “Mother’s Day Off”, to the Post in 1916. Over the next Forty-seven years his work appeared on the cover a total of 323 times.  Each cover that he created tells a story. The images are rich with detail and […]

Pictures and Words (Grades: K-5) 2017-03-01T11:37:53+00:00

New In Town (Grades: K-5)

NEW IN TOWN (GRADES K-5)

Discuss segregation and civil rights as you explore Rockwell’s “New Kids in The Neighborhood”.

Painted in 1967, this illustration depicts suburban integration in Chicago’s Park Forrest community. As a vision of positive change and growing tolerance, the children appear as if they will soon play together.

GOALS

  • Explore civil rights
  • Explore friendship
  • Participate in collaborative conversation

MATERIALS

  • A printed or digital copy of “New Kids in The Neighborhood”
  • Writing paper

New In Town (Grades: K-5) 2017-03-01T11:37:53+00:00

Story Sparks (Grades: K-5)

STORY SPARKS: (GRADES K-5)

Use Norman Rockwell’s illustrations to build children’s emotional vocabulary.

In this painting Rockwell tells the story of a little girl’s day by portraying small moments in her morning, afternoon, and night. It was created for the Saturday Evening Post and is a companion to Rockwell’s prior Post cover, Day in the Life of a Little Boy. Rockwell was known for his ability to capture emotion and tell a complete story within […]

Story Sparks (Grades: K-5) 2017-03-01T11:37:54+00:00

Story Sparks (Grades: 6-12)

STORY SPARKS (GRADES: 6-12)

Use Norman Rockwell’s Post covers to spark creative writing.

Rockwell is known as The Saturday Evening Post’s most famous illustrator.  He submitted his first successful cover painting, “Mother’s Day Off”, to the Post in 1916. Over the next Forty-seven years his work appeared on the cover a total of 323 times.  Each cover that he created tells a story. Through his work, he presents images of everyday life in America, childhood, civil rights, war, and […]

Story Sparks (Grades: 6-12) 2017-03-01T11:37:54+00:00

Gossip (Grades: K-8)

GOSSIP (GRADES K-8)

Build writing skills and language skills as you speculate on what the characters in Rockwell’s The Gossips are talking about.

Rockwell had the idea for The Gossips for 20 years but couldn’t come up with the ending. Then he had the idea to picture himself as the subject of the gossips’ circle; suddenly he knew what to draw. He used his neighbors in Arlington, Vermont as the other figures in the painting. […]

Gossip (Grades: K-8) 2017-03-01T11:37:54+00:00

Going And Coming (ELL)

GOING AND COMING (ELL)

Tell short stories inspired by Rockwell’s work.

This painting was done for “The Saturday Evening Post” and depicts a family before and after their summer vacation. Rockwell’s Post covers were intended to present a story that was easily “read” and understood by viewers. In this painting he uses two images within one picture to provide more detail and create a continuum of time. We see the “before” and the “after” of the […]

Going And Coming (ELL) 2017-03-01T11:37:54+00:00

Story Sparks (Grades: K-5) [creative writing]

STORY SPARKS (GRADES K-5)

Use Norman Rockwell’s Post covers to spark creative writing.

Rockwell is known as The Saturday Evening Post’s most famous illustrator.  He submitted his first successful cover painting, “Mother’s Day Off”, to the Post in 1916. Over the next Forty-seven years his work appeared on the cover a total of 323 times.  Each cover that he created tells a story. Through his work, he presents images of everyday life in America, childhood, civil […]

Story Sparks (Grades: K-5) [creative writing] 2017-03-01T11:37:55+00:00

Freedom of Speech (Grades: 6-12)

FREEDOM OF SPEECH (GRADES: 6-12) Explore voting rights as you investigate, Rockwell’s freedom of speech.

Rockwell was inspired to paint this scene after attending a town hall meeting. In the meeting a manual laborer stood up and voiced an opinion that everyone disagreed with. Rockwell was struck by the fact that no one shouted him down even though he did not agree with the majority. Rockwell felt this scene embodied the democratic process and was […]

Freedom of Speech (Grades: 6-12) 2017-03-01T11:37:55+00:00

Four Freedoms (Grades: 6-12)

FOUR FREEDOMS (GRADES: 6-12)

Discuss personal freedom as you explore Rockwell’s “Four Freedoms.”

In January 1941 President Roosevelt, shared with congress his vision for a postwar world founded on four fundamental human freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. Inspired by his words, Rockwell created “Four Freedoms.” Originally published in the Post the paintings were a huge success and were later used to sell war bonds and stamps. The […]

Four Freedoms (Grades: 6-12) 2017-03-01T11:37:55+00:00

The Problem (Grades: K-5)

THE PROBLEM (GRADES: K-5)

Discuss inequality as you explore Rockwell’s “The Problem We all Live With.”

“The Problem We all Live With” was created for “Look” Magazine to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education which ended racial segregation stating that separate was not equal. The painting shows a young girl being escorted into her newly integrated school by US marshals as onlookers protest all around her.  It was inspired by […]

The Problem (Grades: K-5) 2017-03-01T11:37:56+00:00

Be A Model (Grades: K-8)

BE A MODEL (GRADES K-8)

Build descriptive language skills as you pretend to be Norman Rockwell directing a model.

In paintings like this we can see that Norman Rockwell was really good at capturing the thoughts and feelings of children. To help him do this he had real children pose for his illustrations. Sometimes they had to stand for long periods of time in very uncomfortable poses. Later the job got a little bit easier. […]

Be A Model (Grades: K-8) 2017-03-01T11:37:56+00:00

Around The Table (Grades: K-5)

AROUND THE TABLE (GRADES K-5)

Practice language associated with mealtime.

In January 1941 President Roosevelt, shared with congress his vision for a postwar world founded on four fundamental human freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. Inspired by his words, Rockwell created “Four Freedoms.” Originally published in the Post the paintings were a huge success and were later used to sell war bonds and stamps. The Four […]

Around The Table (Grades: K-5) 2017-03-01T11:37:56+00:00

What’s The Headline (Grades: 6-12)

WHAT’S THE HEADLINE (GRADES: 6-12)

Investigate the Invasion of Normandy as you explore Rockwell’s painting, “War news”.

Rockwell never finished this painting but it was intended for The Saturday Evening Post. Painted in January or February of 1944 about the proposed invasion of Normandy, it depicts a restaurant counterman with his costumers as they gather around listening to a radio report. What was the news of the day? If Rockwell had finished the painting […]

What’s The Headline (Grades: 6-12) 2017-03-01T11:37:57+00:00

Small Moments (Grades: K-5)

SMALL MOMENTS (GRADES K-5)

In this painting Rockwell tells the story of a little girl’s day by portraying small moments in her morning, afternoon, and night. It was created for the Post and is a companion to Rockwell’s prior Post cover, Day in the Life of a Little Boy [insert link]. Rockwell was known for his ability to tell a complete story within each of his images.

GOALS

  • Teach verbs.
  • Lean the names for daily […]
Small Moments (Grades: K-5) 2017-03-01T11:37:57+00:00