Black History/Women’s History
This famous photograph, taken by Art Kane in 1958, is called “A Great Day in Harlem.” It shows many of the most famous jazz musicians of the day, including only three women. One of these was the astonishingly talented Mary Lou Williams, whose life is recounted in The Little Piano Girl.
Learn more in the Wall Street Journal article.
Wayne Thiebaud, artist and teacher, made this video about Rosa Bonheur’s most famous painting. Listen to what he has to say about this masterpiece, and then read about it in Rosa’s Animals.
“Meet the Masters” program offers a diverse and multi-cultural art curriculum built on a well-researched historical foundation. See their Rosa Bonheur offering here.
Holocaust Remembrance Day
Odette’s Secrets is a gentle introduction to a dark period.
“This thoughtful, affecting piece makes an ideal Holocaust introduction for readers unready for death-camp scenes.”Kirkus
Discussion and activity guide: Teacher’s Guide PDF
Activities and resources, book talk prompts, and related reading: Odette’s Secrets
Readers Theater scripts available: