Using Artifacts for Clues About Identity

Learn about the ancient Near East through a close examination of ancient artifacts. Lead your class into analysis by first observing an artifact as a class. Pupils can then work in pairs to analyze the other artifacts and compile a list of distinguishing features. After a discussion of these features, individuals compose essays about the artifacts. A description of what the essay should include as well as a rubric for the overall lesson are provided in the plan.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create an outline or graphic organizer to help scaffolding the writing assignment more fully
Classroom Considerations

  • Make sure to follow the link in the materials tab to be directed to the site that contains the images of the artifacts that are the focus of this lesson

  • The plan is well-sequenced and provides scaffolding for the analysis process
  • This is an interesting idea that requires learners to think about art, culture, and more

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