Hudson River Museum
Teacher Curriculum Materials 2016 - 2017


Unit I: Paint a Civil War Portrait, Grade 4
At the Museum, The Blue and The Gray provides students with information to complete the lesson plans below. If they complete the lessons in the classroom, they use the images on the Museum website as information resources.    

Lesson Plan 1: What Is a Portrait?
Learn to “read” a portrait for meaning and practice drawing one.

Lesson Plan 2: Paint a Portrait from a Civil War Photograph
Tour three Civil War exhibitions, in person, or take a virtual tour of one: Red Groom: The Blue and The Gray, and participate in a Workshop.

Lesson Plan 3: Place Your Portrait in a Story
Write and illustrate a story, reinforcing student learning about Civil War events and historical figures.


National Learning Standards
English Language Arts

NL-ENG.K-12.2   Understanding the Human Experience
NL-ENG.K-12.4   Communication Skills
NL-ENG.K-12.5   Communication Strategies
NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills
U.S. History
NSS-USH.K-4.3 The History of the United States: Democratic Principles and Values and the People from Many Cultures Who Contributed to its Cultural, Economic, and Political Heritage
Visual Arts
NA-VA.K-4.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.K-4.4 Understanding the Visual Arts in Relation to History and Cultures

Common Core State Standards
English Language Arts

Reading: Literature, Informational Text


Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific descriptions and directions in the text.
Speaking and Listening


Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Recognize a line of symmetry for a two-dimensional figure as a line across the figure such that the figure can be folded along the line into matching parts. Identify line-symmetric figures and draw lines of symmetry.

New York Learning Standards
The Arts

Standard 2: Knowing and Using Arts Materials and Resources
Students will be knowledgeable about and make use of the materials and resources available for participation in the arts in various roles.

Standard 3: Responding to and Analyzing Works of Art
Students will respond critically to a variety of works in the arts, connecting the individual work to other works and to other aspects of human endeavor and thought.
English Language Arts
Standard 2: Language for Literary Response and Expression
Students will read and listen to oral, written, and electronically produced texts and performances from American and world literature; relate texts and performances to their own lives; and develop an understanding of the diverse social, historical, and cultural dimensions the texts and performances represent. As speakers and writers, students will use oral and written language that follows the accepted conventions of the English language for self-expression and artistic creation.
Social Studies
Standard 1: History of the United States and New York
Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in the history of the United States and New York.