Read Kansas! Middle School - M-38 Gordon Parks: First Survival, Then Success
This lesson explores the connection between history and the arts. Students will analyze three pieces by Kansan Gordon Parks and identify the ways his early life influenced his later artistic endeavors. They will study the theme of discrimination as it applies to Kansas culture today. This lesson is designed to take two class periods, but can be adjusted as necessary.
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Kansas History Standards:
- Benchmark 6, Indicator 3: The student describes the role of Kansas culture in the dramas of Pulitzer prize-winning playwright William Inge and the writings, photographs, and films of Gordon Parks.
- Benchmark 4, Indicator 5: The student uses information from the text to make inferences and draw conclusions.
Kansas College and Career Ready Standards:
- RH.6-8.1: The student cites specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.