Curriculum ConnectionsLanuage Arts/English
Discuss what sports you like to play. Do you use special clothes or equipment? Middle School
Write a moment-to-moment description of this relay race for someone who cannot see it, similar to a radio sportscaster’s commentary. High School
Write an essay based on the following statement:
The important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part, for the essential thing in life is not so much conquering as fighting well.From Anthony Mark Ponce, “The Olympic Games: A Historical Overview,” p. 10, in Karen R. Goddy and Georgia L. Freedman-Harvey, eds., Art and Sport: Images to Herald the Olympic Games (Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles, 1992); www.aafla.org/8saa/artandsport.pdf Social Studies
—Baron Pierre de Coubertin, 1896
Find out about the Olympic Games. What country started the Olympics? Where will the next Olympic Games take place? Middle School
Research the life of Jesse Owens, start of the 1936 Olympics, son of sharecroppers, and grandson of slaves. High School
Investigate the international tragedy at the 1972 Olympics involving athletes from Israel and Palestinian terrorists, an event that Lawrence could not have known would happen when he created this poster. Math
Make a chart showing each of the colors in this poster and how many times each is repeated. Middle School
Calculate the length of relay races in present-day Olympic Games in miles, feet, and meters. Compare these lengths with those of running races in the ancient Olympics. High School
Create speed, time, and distance problems based on this poster. Exchange the problems with your classmates and try to solve them. Art
Draw a picture of yourself playing your favorite sport. Use bright (loud) colors and dull (quiet) colors. Middle School
Find the primary colors and secondary colors in this poster. Use two primary and two secondary colors in making a cut-paper collage showing your favorite sport. High School
Compare Lawrence’s runners with the athletes depicted on Greek vases. Explain how the figures are simplified and stylized in both. Make a poster for the next Summer Olympics. Combine action sketches of people in your school or neighborhood playing a sport to create a composition containing three to five athletes. Add lettering that states the location and year of the games and the Olympic logo. Check out The Fabric Workshop and Museum’s High School Apprentice Training Program in screenprinting at fabricworkshop.org/apprentice.
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