Artifacts Tell Stories: Creating a First World War Museum in the Classroom

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Although designed for the Canadian War Museum, the concept here is a solid one. Class members select an artifact from the First World War, examine it, research it, and craft an explanative label that they attach to their picture and post in a classroom gallery. The instructor first models the process and then individuals select an artifact and begin their research. After sharing with a partner, participants revise their work and finalize their writings. The twist is that individuals share their partner's artifact with the class. Expectations for the format and content are detailed and worksheets are included in the packet.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • Additional images may be accessed from the National World War I Museum at the Liberty Memorial
  • The project asks participants to add information gained from their study of the war
Cons

  • Neither models nor rubrics are included in the resource
  • The worksheets will need to be revised to eliminate class-specific references
Common Core