Lange Son of Sharecropper, Mississippi

Image

A blond boy in overalls and rolled up sleeves looking directly at the viewer.

Dorothea Lange
b. 1895 Hoboken, NJ; d. 1965 San Francisco, CA
Son of Sharecropper, Mississippi, 1937
Gelatin silver print
9 5/8 x 7 7/8 inches
Accession date: 1992
Museum Purchase

 

Subject

Language Arts

Grade Range

K-12

Skill

Adjectives

Motivation

Museum trip

Materials

Index cards

About the Artist

American, born in Hoboken, New Jersey (1895-1965)

Learning Goal

To use adjectives to describe the photograph Son of Sharecropper, Mississippi by Dorothea Lange.
 

I Can Statement

I can use adjectives to describe the photograph Son of Sharecropper, Mississippi by Dorothea Lange.
 

Vocabulary

Adjective, noun, mood, color, category, monochromatic

Procedure

  • Define adjectives: an adjective is a word that describes a noun.
  • Review nouns: nouns are people, places or things.
  • Give a few examples of adjectives and elicit a few more from the class.
  • Introduce/review and discuss the vocabulary.
  • Point out that the artist is Dorothea Lange
  • Record the following elicited adjectives on index cards:
  1. pose (relaxed, casual or stiff).
  2. texture (smooth, rough, grainy).
  3. facial features and the head in general (expression, hairstyle, details).
  4. clothing (style, type and general appearance).
  5. moods evoked by the portrait (happy, sad, serious, angry, calm or none at all.).
  6. shapes (squares, circles, triangles).
  7. lines (straight, curvy or diagonal). 
  8. color in the photograph (gray, white, monochromatic).
  9. background (dark, light, patterned).
  10. setting (location, time of day, season).
  • Have the children classify the adjectives on the index cards into categories.

Summary

List adjectives to describe yourself.
 

Assessment

Write five sentences describing family members or friends.

Florida Standards

Florida Language Arts Standards Grades K-5

  • Vocabulary: VA.1.C.3.1 / VA.2.C.3.1 / VA.3.C.3.1 / VA.4.C.3.1
  • Use Accurate Vocabulary to Communicate Ideas about Art: 
  • VA.1.S.1.4 / VA.2.S.1.4 / VA.3.S.1.4 / VA.4.S.1.4 / VA.5.S.1.4
  • Adjectives: LAFS.K1.L.3.5 / LAFS.2.L.3.6 / LAFS.3.L.1.1 / LAFS.4.L.1.1
  • Nouns: LAFS.K.L.1.1 / LAFS.1.L.1.1 / LAFS.2.L.1.1 / LAFS.3.L.1.1 / LAFS.4.L.1.1

Florida Language Arts Standards Grades 6-8

  • Vocabulary: VA.68.C.3.1
  • Use Accurate Vocabulary to Communicate Ideas about Art: VA.68.S.1.4
  • Nouns: LAFS.68.L.1.1

Florida Language Arts Standards Grades 9-12

  • Use Accurate Vocabulary to Communicate Ideas about Art: VA.912.S.1.4
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