Lesson Plan

Art and Technology in History

A new way teach an old thing.
Josh R.
Technology coordinator
West Virginia Department of Education
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Math, Arts

Students will be able to describe the roles of citizens and their responsibilities.

Students will be able to use different types of maps and geographic tools to analyze features on Earth to investigate and solve geographic questions.

Students will be able to explain the long-term effects of political changes because of the emergence of strong monarchial governments.

Students will be able to cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.

English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 9 – 10
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1 Hook

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In a whole group setting, ask two essential questions and use Popplet to organize student responses. 

  1. What are some of the most common ways our society documents important events?
  2. Why is it important to document such events?

Students will likely suggest that events are documented by news agencies and other forms of professional media. The facilitator may point out the fact that the general public is very instrumental in producing eye witness testimony and even photo and video documentation of events.

The facilitator should also note the important historical events tend to eventually appear in various art forms. 



2 Direct Instruction

How were important events documented before we had access to modern technologies such as twitter and cell phones and art forms such as film and digital music? 

This lesson from Khan Academy describes the Norman Conquest of England and how people of that day chose to document those events. 

3 Guided Practice

Activity: Exploring

In small groups using the Gigapan App for iOS or Gigapan.org ask students to explore this Gigapan image

Students will zoom in to the image and find key figures and places. 

Questions for students:

  • What do you observe in the image?
  • What inferences can you make from your observations?

Another historical event to explore if time allows: London Olymics 2012


4 Independent Practice

5 Wrap-Up

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In a whole group setting, ask the following questions:

  • What similarities can you find between the Bayeux Tapestry and the Gigapan Image?
  • Do they both use technology?
  • Are they both forms of art?
  • Do they both tell a story?
  • How are they different?

Use the Popplet App to record student responses and make connections.