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Lesson one introduces students to the Armenian Genocide by having them think about the role of history in shaping their own identity. Looking at an autobiographical painting by Arshile Gorky, a renowned American artists and a refugee from the Armenian Genocide, will stimulate students' questions about how his identity was shaped by the past. These questions should provide an entry point into a study of the Armenian Genocide.Essential questions addressed in this lesson include: What does my name mean? Where did it come from? How is my identity shaped by the past? Who is Arshile Gorky? Why did he change his name? What influenced his painting of "The Artist and his Mother?" How was his identity shaped by the past? How do you interpret a work of art? What can we learn from looking at a painting?
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