Elementary Education: Using Art to Teach History to Young Learners.

Academic Article


  • The article discusses the application of authentic artworks such as those of Bernice Sims as an instructional strategy to help the elementary social studies students gain insight on significant historical events in the U.S. Sims' work as a voting rights activist and her experience on the state troopers' attack on marches crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma Alabama, on Bloody Sunday led her to paint "The Selma Bridge Crossing." The accompanying lesson will illustrate how Sims' works and experience will aid students to acquire new outlook and greater understanding of the 1965 civil rights movement and social justice issues.
  • Keywords

  • ART in education, ACTIVITY programs in elementary education, HISTORY education, SIMS, Bernice, 1926-2014, SOCIAL sciences, TEACHING methods, ACTIVISTS, SOCIAL justice, UNITED States
  • Author List

  • Christensen LM
  • Start Page

  • 312
  • End Page

  • 315
  • Volume

  • 70
  • Issue

  • 5