FAIR School (Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Resource School)
Visual Art Social Studies Language Arts
Students analyze artifacts and create exhibitions.
Watching the Video
Before You Watch Respond to the following questions.
What are cultural artifacts? What do artifacts communicate about a culture? Language? Environment? Social structure? Rituals?
How do you help students decode and interpret an artifact's symbols?
What role could the arts play in a unit about the remnants of past civilizations?
How do museums display artifacts? How does this influence how the artifacts are viewed?
How do curators arrange exhibits? What information do they include on their display cards?
Watch the Program As you watch, note how the task of curating a museum exhibit is used to help students look at artifacts and what they symbolize from multiple perspectives. Also note how the challenge of interpreting ambiguous symbols and deciphering messages with spelling mistakes refocuses students' understanding of the significance of good writing and visual communication skills. Write down what you find interesting, surprising, or especially important about the teaching and learning you see in this unit.