Reflections in Black: African American Photographs from the Smithsonian Institution
September 26–December 7, 2003
the Discovery Guide, a set of exhibition notes and activities
for elementary students.
The civil rights movement of the 1950s and the years that followed called African-American photographers like Moneta Sleet, Jr., Chandra McCormick, and Lou Jones to be “graphic historians,” photojournalists of events and memorializers of individuals both prominent and unknown. The same years saw strong growth and new directions in the art of photography.
In more than 130 images by African-American
photographers, Reflections in Black captures the engagement of history
and art, and the era.
Reflections in Black Teaching Questions
For their teaching methods courses, Patrick McQuillan, an associate
professor in the Lynch School of Education, and Grant Miller, a
doctoral student in education, had their classes develop questions
that elementary and secondary students might use to analyze the
photographs included in the Reflections in Black exhibition. The questions
their students designed are grouped according to the following grades:
kindergarten through second grade; third and fourth grade; fifth
and sixth grade; and eighth through twelfth grade.
Download grade school questions
Download high school questions