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Student Activity: Interviewing the Past: Journey Back in Time

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What more can we learn about the past by “talking” to the people depicted in works of art? This activity uses your observation skills and imagination to help you learn more about a work of art and the time period when it was created. 

Are your students doing this activity at school or at home?

While this activity was designed for use in the museum, you can follow these suggestions to make students’ experience fun and successful in any learning context.

  • Search for high-quality images of artworks in the museum’s collection. Use these suggested artworks or find some on your own. Images can be printed or viewed online. 

Bernat Martorell. Saint George and the Dragon, 1434/35.

Reginald Marsh. Tattoo and Haircut, 1932.

George Cope. Civil War Regalia of Major Levi Gheen McCauley, 1887.

  • If students don’t have internet access, they can look for other objects around them that could help them complete the activity.
  • Have students work together with classmates, family members, or friends to complete the activity and share their creations. 

Grade Level: 6-12

Common Core State Standards: W.1, W.2, W.3, W.7, W.8, W.9, SL.2, SL.4, SL.6

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