Looking and Discussing
Grade: 4-5; 6–8
Subject: Visual Art, Language Arts, Social Studies
Describe what is happening in this winter scene.
What colors has the artist used? By choosing these colors, what
mood has Remington created?
How does this scene compare or contrast to images of cowboys that
you have seen? Find a contemporary image of a cowboy in a magazine
(an article or an advertisement) and compare or contrast it to the
Charles M. Russell was Frederic Remington’s contemporary.
Compare and contrast their views of the American West by studying
the similarities and differences between The Fall of the Cowboy
The Medicine Man. (A Compare
and Contrast activity is included with this teaching
Writing, Reading and Research
Grade: 4–5; 6–8; 9–12
Subject: Language Arts, Social Studies
In the Old Days
Remington’s friend and colleague Owen Wister wrote a series of
articles on “the whole adventure of the West.” Remington
suggested that Wister write about the passing of the cowboy, remembering
the untamed, nostalgic West. Working individually or in a group, have
students brainstorm, research, and/or interview those who remember a
time or event that is passing or is no longer. Ask them to record comments
and write an article for the school or local newspaper that informs
others of their findings. Have them illustrate the article as Remington
did in "The Evolution of the Cow-Puncher."
How It Has Changed
Write about a topic from the list below. Focus on an issue in which
you truly believe.
How has your neighborhood changed?
How has your school evolved?
How has your family grown and changed?
How have you changed?
How has the country evolved?
How has technology caused transformations in your life?
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