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Teaching Arts Since 1950

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This teaching packet discusses artistic movements of the late 20th century, including abstract expressionism, pop art, minimalism, conceptualism, process art, neo-expressionism, and postmodernism, with attention to their critical reception and theoretical bases. The packet considers works by 27 painters and sculptors including Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns, Mark Rothko, David Smith, Martin Puryear, Anselm Kiefer, Susan Rothenberg, and Roy Lichtenstein (see full list below).

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration, Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy, Textbook

Author: Carla Brenner

Trivium Art History

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Trivium Art History is a free, online art history textbook designed for discovery. Meet history's greatest artists, browse artwork, and explore the timeline of human creativity. Trivium offers short, conversational essays and artist biographies and encourages exploration by artistic movements, mediums and themes.

Material Type: Reading, Textbook

Authors: Reed Enger, Rick Love

9/11 Memorial: Lesson Plans

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The National September 11 Memorial & Museum has partnered with the New York City Department of Education and the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education to develop a set of 9/11 lessons for K-12 classrooms. The lesson plans are divided into multiple themes and across grade level spans. Each lesson draws upon artifacts and oral histories from the 9/11 Memorial Museum collection. They are written for use throughout the school year and across subjects, including Social Studies, History, English Language Arts, and Art. Each lesson is also aligned to the Common Core Standards to ensure relevance in teaching.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

Author: National September 11 Memorial & Museum

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

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This collection uses primary sources to explore The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Digital Public Library of America Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop their critical thinking skills and draw diverse material from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. Each set includes an overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide. These sets were created and reviewed by the teachers on the DPLA's Education Advisory Committee.

Material Type: Primary Source

Author: Susan Ketcham

Shakespeare's Life

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A brief history of the life of William Shakespeare given by the experts at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Includes sections on his early life, his successful years in London, and his enduring legacy.

Material Type: Reading

Shakespeare the Player: Illustrating Elizabethan Theatre through A Midsummer Night's Dream

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In this activity, you and your students will explore Elizabethan stage practices as the rustic yet enthusiastic amateur actors from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. While it's not necessary to teach Shakespeare's biography while studying his plays, sometimes opportunities to explore his world through his own eyes present themselves in his text. Students' new insights into the text will provide them with a deeper appreciation for Shakespeare’s world. This activity will take one or two class periods.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Caitlin S Griffin and Carol Ann Lloyd Stanger

Folger Digital Texts

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Folger Digital Texts offer meticulously edited, accurate texts in a beautifully readable format with the added power of in-depth, behind-the-scenes coding. The texts—including full source code—can also be downloaded at no charge for noncommercial use. Students, theatergoers, scholars, and others can view any Folger Digital Text in a clean, elegant display. The built-in reader has extensive search options, including the ability to search multiple texts for a phrase or word. The full source code of the texts may be downloaded by researchers and developers at no cost for noncommercial use—a major time-saver for scholarly research, app development, and other projects. Plays included in the collection are: All's Well that Ends Well, Antony and Cleopatra, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors, Coriolanus, Cymbeline, Hamlet, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, Henry V, Henry VI Part 1 Henry VI Part 2, Henry VI Part 3, Henry VIII, Julius Caesar, King John, King Lear, Love's Labor's Lost, Macbeth, Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Pericles, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, Timon of Athens, Titus Andronicus, Troilus and Cressida, Twlefth Night, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Two Noble Kinsmen and The Winter's Tale. Poems include: Shakespeare's Sonnets, Lucrece, The Phoenix and Turtle, and Venus and Adonis. Shakespeare's plays in Folger Digital Texts are from the Folger Shakespeare Library editions, edited by Barbara Mowat and Paul Werstine and published by Simon and Schuster. The Folger editions, available in print and as ebooks, include a wealth of additional notes, glosses, essays, and illustrations.

Material Type: Reading

APA Style Guide

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The standard citation style guide book for the fields of business, education, health science, public service, and social science is the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, 2010. The American Psychological Association (APA) publishes the manual. We commonly refer to it as "the APA Manual". The business, education, health science, public service, and social science departments at IRSC recommend APA format for papers written in these fields. Two types of citations are included in most research papers: citations within the text of the document and a list of reference citations at the end of the paper. In-Text Citations: The APA Manual uses the author-date citation system for in-text citations. Reference Citations: The sources you use in your work are included as a separate list at the end of the paper. The APA Manual suggests using the title, References, for the list.

Material Type: Reading

5d. Greek Literature

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Greek dramas typically dealt with important issues of the day, posed tough questions, and educated theatergoers. Attendance at dramas was considered such a valuable experience that sometimes the government would pay for the tickets.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration, Reading