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Byzantine Art Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about art of the Byzantine world. Two engaging videos describe art, architecture and mosaics along with their history and characteristics. Students apply content to activities.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe history and characteristics of Byzantine art
  • analyze Byzantine art and architecture
  • create an art piece that depicts Byzantine art characteristics

Length

1 - 1.5 hours

Materials

  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Images of Byzantine art and architecture
  • Quiz made from the first and second lessons, one for each student

Key Vocabulary

  • Icon
  • Greek cross
  • Pendentive
  • Mosaics
  • Hagia Sophia
  • Iconoclasm
  • Mary Theotokos
  • Christ Pantocrater

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.3

Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

Warm Up and Preparation

  • Hang images of Byzantine art and architecture around the room before class.
  • Start the lesson video Byzantine Art & Architecture and pause at 1:20.
  • Have students label their notebooks 'Byzantine Art and Architecture' and instruct them to take notes about the characteristics of these as the lesson plays.
  • Play the remainder of the lesson.
  • Break students into small groups and have them share their notes, then discuss as a whole group, highlighting the characteristics of Byzantine art and architecture.

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