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* Create a dictionary, guidebook, or "encyclopedia" of your community, writing about the history of the community, about the businesses and homes, and including summaries of interviews with residents. Organize the information, and develop a Table of Contents and an index, arranged alphabetically.

* Think about your neighborhood and organize your ideas by listing (1) things you like about it; (2) things you don’t like and would like to change; (3) places that are important to you in your neighborhood; (4) your favorite activities. Write a short essay (one page) describing one point on your list and telling why you selected it.

* Imagine that you have migrated from a home in the South to a northern city. Write a letter to your best friend or a relative who remains behind, describing your feelings about moving and telling about your new home and community.

Look at Play Street or Brownstones. Describe what is happening, noting the different details that Jacob Lawrence includes in these compositions to give a sense of the community.

* Look at the sections Beginnings and The Young Artist. Answer the following questions:

How old was Jacob Lawrence when he moved to Harlem?

a. six    b. ten    c. three    d. thirteen

Which of these famous African-Americans did Jacob Lawrence paint?

a. Michael Jordan   b. Harriet Tubman   c. Martin Luther King, Jr.   

In which city is Harlem located?

a. Washington    b. Chicago    c. Seattle    d. New York

Who was Jacob Lawrence’s first art teacher?

a. Leonardo da Vinci    b. Charles Alston    c. Vincent van Gogh   

Look at Taboo. What does the word "taboo" mean? Why do you think Jacob Lawrence gave this painting that title?

Define: urban, rural, community, migration, discrimination, inspiration

Collect a group of images (photographs, clippings from newspapers or magazine) that relate to each other. Arrange them as a series, so that they tell a story. Write captions for each image to narrate the story.

An * indicates questions and activities useful in preparation for Stanford 9 Tests.



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