Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic, Maya Lin, and addresses the standard of interpreting the meaning of artistic work. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display a picture of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Ask: “What do you notice? What do you wonder? 

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description below the Movie player.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students analyze the Primary Source and answer the accompanying questions.

Step 3: APPLY
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a movie that explains the meaning behind the design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying Lin’s influences, and how she interpreted them in her design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a museum with artifacts that represent Lin’s experiences and achievements.

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about Maya Lin. Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • How can art reflect a message? 
  • How do current and historical events impact the way art is viewed and created? 

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Maya Lin Quiz.

 

 

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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