What is American? (continued)
Explore what it means to be American
a. Divide students into small groups and ask each group to pick one of the images in this activity. Ask groups to discuss and present how the artist has represented America at a particular moment in time. Students can consider:
What was happening in the United States at the time when the artist made his or her work?
How might this work relate to social, political, or cultural issues of the time period?
What does this work communicate about the artist’s experiences of America?
b. With your students, discuss what it means to them to be American.
In what ways do your students consider themselves American? Or not American?
How do they express their “American-ness?”
What do students record, document, or share about their America?
How do they choose to represent their world and their lives?
What media do they use? Words? Photographs? Audio? Video?
Where do they share their ideas and observations? Smartphone? Social media? Blog? Journal? Sketching?
What politically and socially-minded content do they look for on other people’s social media feeds? What grabs their attention?
What is their collective view of America?