LEARNING STRATEGY: Use Background Knowledge
STANDARDS: Cultures 2.1, 2.2


Language: Any language. Examples in Chinese, French, Italian, Korean, Russian, Spanish

Proficiency Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Brief description of the activity: Students will analyze three paintings by a target culture artist that depict important events in the history of the target culture. They will write and present a short description of the event depicted in one painting and its historical significance to the target culture.


  1. Students will be able to interpret important events in the history of the TC based on artistic representations.
  2. Students will be able to activate prior knowledge of target culture history to help them understand historical works of art.
  3. Students will develop presentational communication skills.
  4. Students will be able to use what they already know to help them learn new information more quickly and effectively.

Language focus: Speaking, Listening

Materials: Pictures of paintings of important historical events
Examples of paintings that could be used for the modeling of the learning strategy: