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Shoes: Exploring Culture, History, Place, and Innovation

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Language Arts And English +2

Teacher's guide for using shoes to explore culture, history, place, and innovation. Includes images of thirty shoes and three different strategies, located at the end of the collection, for using these objects in the classroom. 

Strategies include: a small-group object analysis activity; a poster, "If You Walked in My Shoes," introducing students to basic primary source analysis questions through six pairs of shoes; and a vocabulary exercise for ESL learners.

Memory High-Buttoned Shoe

Smithsonian American Art Museum

[Baby shoes]

Anacostia Community Museum

Tennis Shoes

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

from Spring / Summer 2015 Ready-to-Wear collection

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Woman's Boots

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Shoe Repair Trade Sign

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Dorothy's Ruby Slippers

National Museum of American History

Shoe Sack

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Boxing Shoe (right side)

Anacostia Community Museum

Cast Iron Shoes

National Museum of American History

Boots, worn by Ric Flair

National Museum of American History

Puma Sneakers, worn by B-Girl Laneski

National Museum of American History

Pair of shoes

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Pair of shoes

National Museum of African Art

Wall Flowers at the Last Dance

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Untitled

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Boots, Survival, Aleksei Leonov, USSR

National Air and Space Museum

Keds Sneakers

National Museum of American History

My Feet is Tired, But My Soul is Rested

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Cycling Shoes

National Museum of American History

Flyknit Racer

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cowboy Boots

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Combat Boots

National Museum of American History

Boots, Flying, Civilian, Charles A. Lindbergh

National Air and Space Museum

Adidas Sneakers, worn by B-Girl Laneski

National Museum of American History

Fisherman’s Boots

National Museum of American History

Boot, Left, Mercury, Glenn, Training

National Air and Space Museum

Toy Wooden Shoes

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Obama 08

National Museum of African American History and Culture

If You Walked In My Shoes

National Museum of American History