Talk to students about women's role in US history. Ask for them to give examples of women who shaped the nation. Introduce the “Champions of Change” and highlight several Utah women who made history in the women’s suffrage movement. Ask students to identify a woman in their own life who has had a strong impact on them and those around them. After talking about the “Champions of Change” show students examples of triptychs in art history, from paintings to photography.
Each student will research women from “Champions of Change.” They should find a quote from or about that woman from history.
Students will chose a woman from their own life and write a quote about them.
Students write a statement about how they will be a champion for future change.
The quotes can also be summarized in single words that are powerful enough to summarize the impact that person has had. Students can create the 3 portraits from colored paper collage, photocopies, and/or any other materials that you want them to work with.
This lesson can be finished in 2-3 sessions of 45 minutes each. Students can work on one third of the triptych each class period. Partnering with a classroom teacher on the research portion of the project will allow for more time for the art making. The project could also be simplified to a diptych and focus on a woman from history and the student as a future “Champion of Change.”
Students can share their portraits and talk about why they chose the 2 women that they did and how they see themselves as a future “Champion of Change.”