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Inter-View: Using Artifacts to Explore Our Mentors and Ourselves

Inter-View: Using Artifacts to Explore Our Mentors and Ourselves

Synopsis

Treasured artifacts serve as a lens for the collecting and telling of personal histories.

About

What do our possessions reveal about our personal identity? An inquisitive ninth grade class dug deep to find the stories hidden among the cherished artifacts of their mentors. A vibrant world of Social Studies came to life when these students-turned-archaeologists discovered how a letter to a father, a scarf from a distant land, and an heirloom pendant are historical capsules that can reveal our most personal and collective experiences - that an artifact from the past has the power to transport the beliefs, ideals, and principles we hope to preserve for the coming generations.

Curriculum Embedded Project

Matt Cannon, a Social Studies teacher at the Math & Science Academy, asked his students to profile their mentors by first asking that mentor to identify an object of great significance, or an artifact. These artifacts became the key to a wealth of rich and meaningful stories for the writer.

Specifications

  • Author: Ninth Grade Students at the Math and Science Academy 2008-09
  • Price: 11.95
  • Year of Publication: 2009
  • Binding: Paperback
  • # of pgs.: 81

Reviews

"You will read about a Mezuzah, video games, a gold locket, but most importantly about the bond between the gift and the person who gave it to each writer."

Stacey Batista, Director, Math & Science Academy