Lesson Plan: Overview

Lesson Plan One: Reading a Painting

Grade Level: 8th


Academic Standards

Standard 8-1: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the settlement of South Carolina and the United States by Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans.

8-1.2 Categorize events according to the ways they improved or worsened relations between Native Americans and European settlers, including alliances and land agreements between the English and the Catawba, Cherokee, and Yemassee; deerskin trading; the Yemassee War; and the Cherokee War.

8-1.6 Explain how South Carolinians used natural, human, and political resources to gain economic prosperity, including trade with Barbados, rice planting, Eliza Lucas Pinckney and indigo planting, the slave trade, and the practice of mercantilism.

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  Primary Sources
Unidentified artist. Benjamin Hawkins and the Creek Indians, circa 1805, oil on canvas, 35 7/8 x 49 7/8 inches.  Collection of the Greenville County Museum of Art, gift of The Museum Association, Inc.
  Secondary Sources
Severens, Martha R. Greenville County Museum of Art: The Southern Collection.  New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1995.
Benjamin Hawkins and the Creek Indians teacher made student worksheet

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In Reading a Painting: Benjamin Hawkins and the Creek Indians art and history combine to help students study the past.  This lesson should take no more than 55 minutes.

1. To introduce the lesson, inform students that there are more ways to gain historical information than through a text.
2. Instruct the students that they will work with a partner using the teacher made guide to "read" the artwork. Students may find it necessary to move closer to view the artwork.  Make sure the room is as dark as you can get it. 
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