Hudson River Museum
Teacher Curriculum Materials 2016 - 2017


Unit II: Create a Civil War Scene, Grades 7-8

At the Museum, the walk-through sculpture Lincoln on the Hudson and The Blue and The Gray provide students with information to complete the lesson plans below. However, if they complete these lessons in the classroom, they use the images on the Museum website as information resources.
Red Grooms: The Blue and The Gray
Lincoln on the Hudson

Lesson 1: Write a Scene and Design a Stage Set (on paper)
Prepares students to view Lincoln on the Hudson, a walk-through sculpture at the Museum.

Lesson 2: Build a Civil War Stage Set
Tour three Civil War exhibitions, in person, or on a virtual tour and participate in a Workshop.

Lesson 3: Perform Your Civil War Scene

A performance that reinforces student learning about the Civil War events and historical figures.


National Learning Standards
English Language Arts
NL-ENG.K-12.1 Reading for Perspective
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.5-12.5 Era 5: Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-1877)
Visual Arts

NA-VA.5-8.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.5-8.4 Understanding the Visual Arts in Relation to History and Cultures
NA-VA.5-8.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines

NA-T.5-8.1 Script Writing by Planning and Recording Improvisations Based on Personal Experience and Heritage, Imagination, Literature, and History

NA-T.5-8.4 Directing by Planning Classroom Dramatizations

Common Core State Standards
English Language Arts
Reading: Literature, Informational Text

Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).


Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

Speaking and Listening

Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, and orally) and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.
Literacy in History/Social Studies

Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.

New York State Learning Standards
The Arts

Standard 1: Creating, Performing, and Participating in the Arts
Students will actively engage in the processes that constitute creation and performance in the arts (dance, music, theatre, and visual arts) and participate in various roles in the arts.
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.