Norman Rockwell Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students about artist Norman Rockwell with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that shares his biography, paintings and quotes, then work in groups to analyze and find the story in his paintings. Finish with an activity and quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • provide a biography of Norman Rockwell
  • analyze and identify the story in Normal Rockwell's paintings


1 - 1.5 hours


Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


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


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.

Warm Up

  • Write the prompt 'How can a painting tell a story?' on the board and give students five to ten minutes to journal a response.
  • When finished, break students into five small groups and have them share their reflections.
  • Discuss as a whole group, then share a Norman Rockwell painting and have each group discuss the story they see.
  • Share and discuss the stories students see as a whole group, noting similarities and differences in perspective and ideas.

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