Winslow Homer Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Who was Winslow Homer and how did he contribute to the American art scene? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to establish a knowledge base for students, and an activity connects students to Winslow Homer's unique artistic style.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize the life and career of Winslow Homer
  • list key themes presented in the artwork of Winslow Homer

Length

1.5 to 2 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.2

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.3

Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.9

Compare and contrast findings presented in a text to those from other sources (including their own experiments), noting when the findings support or contradict previous explanations or accounts.

Materials

  • Several examples of the work of Winslow Homer
  • Paper copies of the text lesson Winslow Homer: Paintings, Facts & Biography
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated text lesson
  • White heavy-weight 11x13 inch paper
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paintbrushes

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