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Inside Catlin's Head

Objectives: Students will be able to:

  • Read and visualize events in Catlin's life.
  • Discuss historical events with respect to culture, time period, and location.
  • Relate to a historical figure and his/her decisions in a humanistic manner through writing journal entries.
  • Utilize visual aids in order to better understand historical narratives.

Standards: U.S. History, English Language Arts.

Skills Addressed: Linguistic, Spatial, Bodily-Kinesthetic, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal.

Interdisciplinary Connections: Social Studies, English/Language Arts, Theatre, Art.

Length: Two to four fifty-minute class periods.

Materials: Journal, drawing supplies, Internet access, video camera (optional).

Products: Timeline of Catlin's life, 1 to 3 journal entries, script for a theatrical skit.

Content Introduction: George Catlin, born in 1796, was an artist who became famous for his paintings of Native Americans and the Western landscape. To view these paintings and to learn more about Catlin, explore this web site. The timeline displayed under the "Catlin's Quest" section will be particularly helpful in learning about his life.

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