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 dont 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.
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:
old was Jacob Lawrence when he moved to Harlem?
a. six b.
ten c. three d.
of these famous African-Americans did Jacob Lawrence paint?
Jordan b. Harriet Tubman c.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
city is Harlem located?
a. Washington b.
Chicago c. Seattle d.
was Jacob Lawrences first art teacher?
da Vinci b. Charles Alston c.
Vincent van Gogh
What does the word "taboo" mean? Why do you think
Jacob Lawrence gave this painting that title?
urban, rural, community, migration, discrimination, inspiration
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.
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for Stanford 9 Tests.