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William Ellisworth Artis – Educational Lesson - Level 2

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As a leading African-American sculptor during the Harlem Renaissance period, William Ellisworth Artis studied at the Art Students League of New York and worked as an instructor at the Nebraska Teachers College. Artis also taught at the 135th Street branch of the Harlem YMCA and inspired many Harlem youths interested in art and sculpture. This reading comprehension lesson about the creative genius of Artis will also inspire today's students. The corresponding questions will stimulate a student's interest in Artis' contribution to the Harlem Renaissance and the world of art.

Three fun facts about William Ellisworth Artis:

  • He is most famous for terra cotta sculptures of African American children.
  • He started teaching arts, crafts, and sculpture at the Harlem YMCA when he was still in high school.
  • He was hired by the College Art Association to paint murals and to teach soap carving to young people at community centers and churches.

Harlem Roots Lesson: Level Two

An excellent choice for students with a better command of reading this lesson will contain one fact-filled reading comprehension lesson of approximately 350 words with ten questions to ensure a strong understanding of the lesson. You will also receive an answer key.

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