Artists Who Create Political Billboards

Lesson Plan: The World of Art and Politics

II. While Reading Activities: Word Inference

  1. ambitious |amˈbiSHəs| adjective-having or showing a strong desire and determination to succeed: his mother was hard-working and ambitious for her four children.
  2. spectacle |ˈspektək(ə)l| noun -a visually striking performance or display: the acrobatic feats make a good spectacle | the show is pure spectacle.
  3. emblazoned |əmˈblāzn| verb [with object]-conspicuously inscribe or display (a design) on something: T-shirts emblazoned with the names of baseball teams.
  4. concept |ˈkänˌsept| noun-a plan or intention; a conception: the center has kept firmly to its original concept.
  5. coincide |ˌkōənˈsīd| verb [no object] -occur at or during the same time: publication is timed to coincide with a major exhibition | the two events coincided.
  6. artist |ˈärdəst| noun-a person who produces paintings or drawings as a profession or hobby.
  7. marginalize |ˈmärjənəˌlīz| verb [with object]- treat (a person, group, or concept) as insignificant or peripheral: attempting to marginalize those who disagree | (as adjective marginalized) : members of marginalized cultural groups.
  8. sovereignty |ˈsäv(ə)rən(t)ē| noun (plural sovereignties) the authority of a state to govern itself or another state: national sovereignty.
  9. nuance |ˈn(y)o͞oˌäns| noun-a subtle difference in or shade of meaning, expression, or sound: the nuances of facial expression and body language.
  10. context  |ˈkäntekst| noun-the circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood and assessed: the decision was taken within the context of planned cuts in spending.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary   

Reading Comprehension:Fill-ins

There are more than 50 billboards designed by artists, which will be up through the end of November. More than 200 institutions and 400 artists across the country will be hosting talks, projects and exhibits related to political art in partnership with the organization.

Grammar Focus: Word -Recognition

Some of the billboards are specific to certain cities. ‘Some artists felt like a certain part of the country would make sense,’ said Gallery. ‘Others wanted to be as close to the Mexican border as possible, or in certain regions. We tried to honor those wishes to create a dynamic conversation.’