Major Content: Purposes of Art
Lesson Length: 2-3 55 min. periods
Before this lesson, prepare the students about the life of John Parker. His autobiography, His Promised Land, is a fundamental source to read before passing the story on to others. Older children/teenagers could read the book or portions of the book ahead of time. This Digital Story lesson focuses on the purposes of Narrative Art and the media and processes required telling a story through art; In this case it is the story of John P. Parker.
Students will be able to interpret an event from the life of John Parker and create a 2-D artwork that displays what they have learned
Students will be able to explain the purpose of Narrative Art
Students will be able to work collaboratively to create a digital story that implements technology and writing skills
Kentucky Core Content AH4.1.41 Create artworks using the elements of art and principles of design
AH4.1.42 Use a variety of media and art processes to produce 2-D and 3-D artwork
AH-05-3.4.1 Students will describe or explain how art fulfills a variety of purposes
T-I-ICP-S-P2 Students will use technology to produce content area assignments/projects
Academic Expectation 1.13 Students make sense of ideas and communicate ideas with the visual arts.
Academic Expectation 2.22 Students create works of art and make presentations to convey a point of view
Resources, media and technology
Book: His Promised Land: Autobiography of John Parker edited by Sprague
Selected Children’s Books of the Underground Railroad (examples)
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quiltby Deborah Hopkinson
Follow The Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter
Digital camera and computer
Computer software: Photo Story for Windows or other appropriate Media Software used for Digital Story telling and a media player such as Windows Media Player
See link for example of a Digital Story: http://www2.fortthomas.kyschools.us/moyer/neverett/studio_art.htm Other helpful websites:
Strategies and Activities
Teaching strategies that will be used to actively engage the students include cooperative learning (brainstorming and working with large group to create the story), and problem solving (deciding on media, process and imagery that would best represent a particular event in Parker’s life)
Which one of these purposes will we be using to tell the story of John Parker? Artists create narrative art to tell a story. Your narrative art should include a plot, scene, and characters just like when you create a story.
Show them examples of children’s books illustrating slavery and the Underground Railroad.
Discuss the feelings and emotions that were part of the experiences. (examples)
How do you think John Parker would feel when taken from his mother?
Imagine what it would be like walking barefoot from Virginia to Alabama. How long would that take?
What is the importance of the doctor teaching John Parker how to read and write?
How would you feel after you were able to buy your freedom?
Would you risk your life to free others?
Next, assign or figure out as a class what part of the story he/she would like to write about and illustrate. Have them research pictures and more information for homework.
An outline of his life can be found at the end of this lesson – you can use this as a guide to divide the story among the class.
Their individual drawings will vary and it will be up to them to find the best solution for expressing an event in life of John Parker. Media and process will also be the student’s choice. The teacher will be available as a guide for the decisions that they must make to create their work of art.
This lesson could be taught in conjunction with other Arts and Humanities classes (ex. Music: Spirituals, Folk Music) as well as Social Studies curriculum (Civil War, Underground Railroad, slavery, Civil Rights Movements, etc.)