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Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Rebels with a Cause

Students will become familiar with prominent works of art located in the Museum of Fine Arts here in Boston as well Boston citizens and local events leading up to the American Revolution. The local connections of both the art and the history should help the students better visualize and understand the actions and sacrifices made by the local "rebels" in this lesson.

• Students will observe the composition of a work of art and learn how the composition itself can add meaning to the piece.
• Students will identify several prominent Boston citizens and key events leading up to the American Revolution.
• Students will reflect on several acts of rebellion and their outcomes.
• Students will use their powers of observation and prior knowledge to answer directed questions throughout the gallery.

• Students will work in pairs and scroll through the 13 slides of the gallery at their own pace.
• They will examine the art and read the Authors Note found at the bottom of each work of art. They should discuss the questions asked and jot down reflections on a piece of paper.
• Once the pairings have finished the teacher should facilitate a whole class discussion using a projector / smart board to show a large image of the art. Students should be encouraged to share their reflections with the class.

• The teacher will evaluate the quality of the information shared in the discussion and collect the reflection sheets of each pairing of students.
• Students should write a robust paragraph based on the questions asked on the last slide.

Created By

Deb Manning


History/Social Studies

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