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Printing Press mural in Evolution of the Book series

[Detail] Printing Press mural in Evolution of the Book series

Lesson Overview

Students will develop visual literacy skills by analyzing the images from John White Alexander’s mural in the Thomas Jefferson building of the Library of Congress, while learning about the history of the Library of Congress. Then, students will further their skills by using tools of art and design to analyze other images from the Library’s extensive online collections.


Students will be able to:

  • Analyze a visual resource
  • Extract meaning from images
  • Use graphic organizers to record observations and thoughts


Time Required

  • Two classes

Recommended Grade Level

  • 6-8
  • 3-5


  • Arts & Culture
  • Science, Technology & Business


  • Three Worlds Meet, Beginnings to 1620
  • Great Depression and WWII, 1929-1945


Nancy Kupferman