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Craft in America
Jessie Bell Williams Telfair, Freedom Quilt, c. 1975. Collection of the National Musuem of African American History & Culture, Democracy Episode, Craft in America

DEMOCRACY EDUCATION GUIDES

In three separate guides, students learn about how DEMOCRACY and craft are intertwined with our nation’s defining principles.

DOCUMENTS OF DEMOCRACY

Documents of Democracy explores the work of calligrapher Sammy Little, featured in the Craft in America: DEMOCRACY episode. Students watch calligrapher Sammy Little inscribe a quote from the Declaration of Independence.

ARTIST HARVEY PRATT

Meet Cheyenne and Arapaho artist Harvey Pratt, designer of the National Native American Veterans Memorial at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

VISION AND VOICES OF NATIVE WOMEN ARTISTS

Students will learn about the exhibition Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists at the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.

Download the Lesson Guides and Supporting Materials as PDFs to get started in your classroom.


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Jessie Bell Williams Telfair, Freedom Quilt, c. 1975. Collection of the National Musuem of African American History & Culture, Democracy Episode, Craft in America

DOCUMENTS OF DEMOCRACY

“Feeling that connection to those times is a wonderful way to appreciate our history; our democracy.”

– Sammy Little

In this lesson, students view two segments from the Craft In America DEMOCRACY episode. Students watch calligrapher Sammy Little inscribe a quote from the Declaration of Independence and curator Joanne Hyppolite, Ph.D., of the National Museum of African American History and Culture shows a patchwork-lettered quilt, one of many museum objects that help to educate citizens about the history of African Americans and the past and present of racism in the United States. After considering the meaning and making of these works, students create a text-based work in calligraphy or stitched lettering that documents an event or commemorates an ideal about the United States.

Grade Level: 8–12

Craft In America Theme/Episode: DEMOCRACY

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Documents of Democracy
Full Guide

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Documents of Democracy
Background Information

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Vocabulary
Vocabulary and Key Terms

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Discussion Questions
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Further Information
Resources and Materials for Teaching

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For Teachers
Teaching Documents of Democracy

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Worksheet #1
Looking at Crafts
Comparing and Contrasting American Experiences

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Worksheet #2
Crafting as a Democratic
Practice

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Worksheet #3
Curating as a Democratic
Practice

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Calligrapher Sammy Little segment


National Museum of African American History & Culture segment

Jessie Bell Williams Telfair, Freedom Quilt, c. 1975. Collection of the National Musuem of African American History & Culture, Democracy Episode, Craft in America

ARTIST HARVEY PRATT

Meet Cheyenne and Arapaho artist Harvey Pratt, designer of the National Native American Veterans Memorial at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Students will follow the design process as Pratt discusses his inspiration for the design, his artistic process for the design, the symbolism of the design, the design team of family and friends as well as see the construction of the memorial.

Grade Level: 7–12

Craft In America Theme/Episode: DEMOCRACY

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Artist Harvey Pratt
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Discussion Questions
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Artist Harvey Pratt segment

Jessie Bell Williams Telfair, Freedom Quilt, c. 1975. Collection of the National Musuem of African American History & Culture, Democracy Episode, Craft in America

VISION AND VOICES OF NATIVE WOMEN ARTISTS

Students will learn about the exhibition Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists at the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. This exhibition explores the artistic achievements of Native women and features a variety of media such as beading, pottery and traditional materials made by Native American women artists.

Grade Level: 7–12

Craft In America Theme/Episode: DEMOCRACY

DOWNLOAD SUPPORTING MATERIAL

Download the Lesson Guide and Supporting Materials as PDFs to get started in your classroom.

Vision and Voices of Native Women Artists
Background Information

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Discussion Questions
Background information

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Vision and Voices of Native Women Artists segment