HIST: When a Portrait, an Event, and a Mystery Collide



This academic lesson is linked to the CTE unit, "Photographic Self-Portrait." found to the left, below under Related Projects and Outlines.

In this supporting History lesson, students will examine what portraits say about the time, culture, era, and society in which they were created. The focus of this specific lesson will center on the use of portraits to convey power and priviledge. Students developing their own self-portraits will be asked to create some metaphors or accompanying props or setting to convey a message about themselves. This additional lesson will help them see how that was accomplished across many generations and mediums and center on a particularly popular poem and historical event.

Lesson Time

2 Class Periods, Each @
62 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment Arts, Media, and Entertainment
    • Design, Visual, and Media Arts
Grade Levels
  • 11

Standards and Objectives


California's 2013 CTE Standards (1)
California English Common Core Standards (1)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Compare information on a historical event with a piece of literature (poem) describing the same event for consistencies across the two perspectives.
  • Examine primary and secondary sources referencing the same historical event to collect and analyze information and details that connect the two.
  • Read and analyze a poem by examining sequential items of information shared by its narrator to determine both the main and inferred message delivered.
  • Interpret the emphases of the written and narrated poem and contrast how the focus shifts between the two.

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