Subject Area(s): Art

Grade Level(s): 4 - 6

Format of Library of Congress media: Images

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Social Studies Elementary SOLs



3 sessions, 80 min. each

  1. Intro to Lesson, Warm-Up and Primary Source Analysis worksheets.
  2. Research Library of Congress sites and assemble Primary Sources.
  3. Cut paper quilt square and create class quilt.

Lesson Summary

Students will work in small groups using photographs, maps and first person narratives to understand the pioneer woman's role in Westward Expansion. Students will use primary sources to examine examples of pioneer quilts and analyze patterns that might reflect their experiences. Students will present findings by selecting primary source documents to create a quilt square about Westward Expansion. Student created captions will be included to justify the selected documents. Quilt squares will be combined into a class quilt.

Students will consider overarching question: How does art or one's craft reflect one's experiences or relationship to historical events?

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All of the materials used in this lesson plan are available for downloading as PDF Files and PowerPoint files, as appropriate. PDF Files can be viewed with the free Adobe Reader.

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