Ideas and Strategies

Try some of these resources for teaching with works of art:

The Articulate Object
Odyssey Online
Be sure to spend some time on these online tutorials to explore teaching with works of art. These virtual explorations are adapted from activities using physical objects that we lead in workshops with teachers and students. We hope these online exercises will help you expand your tools for teaching with works of art. You may want to have your students do some of the activities online or develop your own activities to use in the classroom with objects from home. We think the experience is more engaging when the objects can be handled!

Object Analysis Worksheet

Odyssey Online

We've developed this worksheet for your students to use when examining a museum object on Odyssey Online, other museum Web sites, or when they visit a museum. It provides a range of questions to guide them in closely examining the object and using critical thinking skills to analyze their observations. Print out the worksheet for your students, or adapt and edit it to meet your needs.

History in the Raw
National Archives and Records Administration
An overview of the benefits of integrating historical sources into the classroom.

Teaching with Documents

Peter Pappas, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, East Irondequoit Central School District
A Web site designed to help teachers and students make sense of the vast amount of source material available over the Internet, and effectively bring these resources to their work as historians. It provides easy access to analytic tools, instructional strategies, and links to source material and sample assessments.

Using Primary Sources in the Classroom
American Memory, Library of Congress

Suggestions for student activities to help you enhance your social studies curriculum using authentic artifacts, documents, photographs, and manuscripts from the Library of Congress Historical Collections and other sources. Although designed for U.S. History classrooms, these activities can be adapted to use primary sources for world history.

Lesson Framework
American Memory, Library of Congress

Using primary sources in research papers and projects is a time-honored way to engage students with primary historical material. Yet primary sources, including the visual arts, can be incorporated in all phases of instruction. This framework will help you use primary sources throughout your teaching.

© Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University,
Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester and Dallas Museum of Art
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