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.


  • 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.


What Makes Good History? (Grades 9-12)

Rockwell’s American Utopia (Grades 8-12)


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


  • 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)2017-03-01T11:37:48-05:00

Creating America (Grades 7-10)

CREATING AMERICA (GRADES 7-10) The influence of Norman Rockwell’s imagery as a reflection of American values in the first half of the twentieth century.


  • Students will develop critical thinking skills by analyzing Norman Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post imagery as it relates to American values in his time period.
  • Students will critique imagery from contemporary periodicals.
  • Students will reflect on the impact and significance of mass media as a vehicle for promoting cultural values through […]
Creating America (Grades 7-10)2017-03-01T11:37:49-05:00

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)2017-03-01T11:37:55-05:00

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)2017-03-01T11:37:57-05:00

Curriculum (Grades 6-12): Making Positive Change

Build writing skills, media literacy, and civic responsibility as you explore ways that Jerry Pinkney helped to diversify children’s literature.

Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Goals:

  • Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
  • Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Curriculum (Grades 6-12): Making Positive Change2017-03-01T11:38:05-05:00