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Subject: Art

Grade: 9-12

Brief Description

Students will consider how images are used to convey emotion.


  • Students will consider Dr. Fisch’s use of hand imagery to convey emotion.
  • Students will use images of hands to represent other emotions.

Key words

Imagery, convey, emotion, response

Lesson Plan

Look carefully at the words and painting on page 10 of Light From The Yellow Star. Ask yourself:

  • What does the picture tell us about the treatment of Jews by the Nazis?
  • What do the hands in the picture represent?

Now try drawing or describing hands that express a different emotion. How would you use hands to show happiness? Surprise? Anger?


Present your image(s) to the class and answer any questions they may have.

Discussion Questions

  • How have the colors on page 10 changed from the colors used on pages 6 and 8?
  • Why do you think Dr. Fisch is using these colors?
  • How do the colors make you feel?

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