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Students examine ancient Greek myths and illustrate origin myths scenes in a contemporary setting. In this Greek myth instructional activity, students analyze Rembrandt’s painting The Abduction of Europa and discuss how the artist took an ancient Greek myth and contemporized it for a 17th-century Dutch audience. Students discuss the purpose of origin myth and illustrate a scene from a myth within a contemporary setting.
Take a virtual field trip to the Plymouth plantation. Using the site linked in the activity, discover how people lived during the 17th century in this part of the country. Discuss the role of the pilgrims and native Americans in the formation of the new world. End the activity by having learners draw a picture of their house in the 17th century and what they would be wearing in the time period had they lived during it.
NASA has crafted an imaginative and memorable series of lessons, "NASA and Jamestown Education Module." This lesson is one of the five components. In it, middle schoolers connect history and science by comparing the settlement of Jamestown in the 1600s to a future settlement of the lunar surface. They consider three factors: location, soil, and weather conditions. This is a must-see! Implement it into your astronomy curriculum, US history studies, or fashion an entire interdisciplinary unit from it.
What is a haibun? With this interesting lesson, writers will experience the Japanese writing form haibun, identify elements important to Japanese writing styles, analyze a haibun, and compose their own. Different from the typical journal you'd see in the West, the goal of this style is to condense and intimate, rather than expand and explain. Critical thinking is promoted with this challenge.
When Europeans first came back with tales of China, they provided vivid written accounts and minimal visual imput. This resulted in art rendered mostly from descriptive language. Learners explore this phenomena by listening to descriptions of specific Chinese masterpieces, then attempting to use just the description to guide their drawing. The lesson could result in an eye-opening class discussion.
Imagine crafting a pamphlet to attract settlers to a new colony. As part of their study of the settlement of North Carolina, eighth graders examine a pamphlet produced in the 17th century meant to attract settlers to Carolina. Using the provided worksheet, learners critique the content of the document, its appeals, and whether those same appeals would be found appealing today.
Root vegetables inspire the series of activities included here. Class members participate in activities related to language arts, social studies, science, visual art, and math. At first, the long list might feel overwhelming; however, there are strong ideas alongside weaker ideas and a considerable amount of information about root vegetables and the related exercises. While the resource lists many standards, you might find it difficult to meet every single one.