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Chesterwood: The Workshop of an American Sculptor

The National Park Service has become well-known for their Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plans series, and this recent addition is a fine complement to their previous endeavors. This particular plan deals with the workshop and life of Daniel Chester French, the noted American sculptor who is perhaps best known for his sculpture of Abraham Lincoln that graces the Lincoln Monument. The lesson plan offered here suggests that this exercise might be best used to address courses dealing with American history or social studies for grades 5 through 12. The plan contains a number of helpful educational resources, including a map of the Stockbridge area where French's studio is located, three readings about French and his work, and ten images of the studio and examples of his sculptures. All of these source materials include helpful questions that can guide classroom discussion. The plan is rounded out with links to related online resources and general information about the Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plans.
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