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Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Civil War in Art Lesson Plan Contest:

First place: “Portraits of Unlikely, Everyday Soldiers: ‘Questions for’ John F. P. Robie, J. L. Balldwin, and Kady Brownell” by Gregory Bonsignore, reading specialist, Chicago Public Schools, and Kristan Hanson, adjunct museum educator, The Art Institute of Chicago

Second place: "Causes of the Civil War: The Role of Westward Expansion and the Abolition Movement in the 1850s" by John Duckhorn, Dwight D. Eisenhower High School, Blue Island, IL

Third place: “The Second American Revolution, Presented Frame by Frame” by Gideon J. MacKay, Michele Clark Academic Prep High School, Chicago, IL

Winners received cash prizes of $500, $300, and $150, respectively. An honorable mention was awarded for “The Art of Sketching: Looking through the Lens of Visual and Written Hospital Sketches” by Kathleen Harsy, Riverside Brookfield High School, Riverside, IL.

About the 2012 Lesson Plan Contest.

Attention educators! Create an exemplary art, literature, or social studies lesson plan for 4–12th grade students using civilwarinart.org and enter it to win a cash prize. Winning submissions will be published on the website and available to other educators worldwide.

The Civil War in Art: Teaching & Learning through Chicago Collections connects teachers and students to the issues, events, and people of the American Civil War through nearly 130 works of art. This unique website was funded and developed with teacher input by the Terra Foundation for American Art in partnership with a team of museum and library professionals and historians from the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago History Museum, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, DuSable Museum of African American History, and Newberry Library.

How to Participate
Download and complete the lesson plan template. Documents must be saved in Microsoft Word (or another word processor); do not save them as a PDF. To enter your lesson plan, email it along with any attachments to contact@civilwarinart.org with the subject line: 2012 Lesson Plan Contest Submission.

Click here to download the lesson plan template

The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. on August 15, 2012. Winners will be notified by December 2012.

The contest is open to individuals who work or have worked as educators.

First place receives a cash prize of $500, second place will receive $300, and third place will receive $150. All winning lesson plans will be placed on the Classroom Projects page of the Civil War in Art website, including any additional plans designated as honorable mentions.

A selection committee comprised of historians, museum educators, and teachers will evaluate the lessons plans based on the following criteria:

1. Use of website as part of lesson
2. Grade Level (4–12th grade only)
3. Quality and clarity of lesson concept and its relationship to artwork(s)
4. Accuracy of historical and art historical information
5. Engaging for students
6. Quality of writing

For examples of lesson plans, visit the Classroom Projects page. Note: Lesson plans that do not use at least one work of art from The Civil War in Art will not be accepted.

The Terra Foundation for American Art reserves the right to post submitted lesson plans on the Civil War in Art website and/or share them via other media.

For more information, email contact@civilwarinart.org.