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Subject: Art

Grade: 9-12

Brief Description

Students will consider the use of art as a way of developing and expressing hope.


  • Students will study Dr. Fisch’s image of "dawn in the darkness."
  • Students will create their own expression of hope and relief.

Key words

Expression, hope, relief, liberators

Lesson Plan

Look carefully at the words and painting on page 26 of Light From The Yellow Star.

  • Why is the arrival of American troops at Grunskirchen described with the words, "Like dawn in the darkness, thy light arises?"
  • How does Dr. Fisch’s painting illustrate those words?

Think of a time in your own life that was like a dawn in the darkness (for instance, being found when you were lost or recovering from being sick). Create an image or describe how you felt.


Present your image or description to the class and answer any questions they may have.

Discussion Questions

  • Do you think the American liberators felt like "dawn in the darkness" when they arrived?
  • What might their painting of that moment look like?

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