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Student Activity: Character Map


The purpose of this activity is to use clues from works of art to make inferences about characters. 

Are your students doing this activity at school or at home?

While this activity was designed for use in the museum, you can follow these suggestions to make students’ experience fun and successful in any learning context.

  • Search for high-quality images of artworks in the museum’s collection. Use these suggested artworks or find some on your own. Images can be printed or viewed online. 

James Van Der Zee. Do Tell, 1930.

Max Beckmann. Self-Portrait, 1937.

John Singleton Copley. Mrs. Daniel Hubbard (Mary Greene), 1764.

  • If students don’t have internet access, they can look for other objects around them that could help them complete the activity.
  • Have students work together with classmates, family members, or friends to complete the activity and share their creations.

Grade Level: 6-8

Common Core State Standards: W.1, W.2, W.4, SL.1, SL.2, SL.4, SL.6


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