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Ancient Egypt: Canopic Jars

This is a collection of canopic jars, which were used to store the organs of the deceased in the burial chambers of ancient Egyptians. As you look through these images, think about what kinds of characteristics they all have in common. What differences do you see? Pay attention to materials used, shape of the jars, and images on the lids.
Kate Harris
7
 

Egyptian Funerary Stelae

A collection of a variety of Egyptian funerary stelae.
Amy Williams
10
 

Egyptian Burial Masks

A collection presenting an array of Egyptian burial masks.
Amy Williams
11
 

Egyptian Tomb Items

A collection of items that could be found in Egyptian tombs.
Amy Williams
21
 

Evolution of Inventions

This collection is a visual representation of the evolution of the telephone
Katrina Rainer
2
 

American Authors and Innovation

Choose one of the American authors in this collection. Research the author and read some of his or her writings. Write a short persuasive essay arguing whether or not this author was innovative and if so how. Discuss whether or not innovation is important in determining the strength of a writer's work.

Analyze the portrait of your author using the portrait handout. Does the portrait capture the qualities that made this author innovative? If not, how would you change the portrait to capture these qualities?
Stephanie Norby
48
 

FAQ My collection design process through American Eagle Propaganda

I wanted to create a collection of propaganda posters. You can see my first attempt in my larger collection of propaganda posters ( https://learninglab.si.edu/collections/propaganda-posters/jtXJLPPtMdeEm0gK ).
I initially focused on World War II posters, and found a few US posters, and a massive collection of Russian posters, information overload! I also want to find some German and Italian posters, but could not find any when I refined searches to terms such as Nazi or German propaganda.
In thinking about what I was trying to do, I realized that I was not quite sure what I was going for here. I knew I wanted a couple of things. First, I wanted contrasting views manifested in poster propaganda. I also wanted to capture the time of what I think was the peak of "poster propaganda". As I was looking I even ventured into more commercial propaganda, but I realized I had moved too far up field at that point.
So I went back and refined the search to eagle propaganda. Ah ha! Found a poster of a menacing eagle bleeding Grenada!
So I ended up with 2 posters but, I think that these 2 will work for my purpose of
1. Showing the role of propaganda posters, and
2. Providing multiple perspectives that allow for contrasting and comparing on the same central figure, the American eagle.
I removes one of the WW II eagle posters (The one with the Japanese and German animal representations) because in thinking about it, it was going to create noise, or complicate the ideas that I wanted to focus on.
I guess one of the lessons I have learned from building this collection is that sometimes less is more. I really should focus on one or two ideas, I think any more than that would confuse students initially. I could see how I might build on this collection later, potentially in a number of directions. I could build more propaganda posters into this, or I could focus on the evolution of propaganda from paper to radio to TV to internet. So many possibilities.
Dzinger
2
 

The Wright Brothers -- Invention or Innovation?

This is a teaching collection about the Wright Brothers and their invention process. What is the difference between innovation and invention?
Stephanie Norby
12
 

Innovations in Coffee Cup Lids

Sometimes innovations are about something completely new and sometimes innovations are about small refinements in design. What can we learn about innovation from looking at something as ordinary as a coffee cup lid? Read the article about coffee cup lids and write a description for one of the lids, capturing its unique qualities. How do changes in coffee cup lids reflect larger changes in our society? Predict what will be the next innovation .
Stephanie Norby
57
 

Innovations and Milestones in Flight

This teaching collection includes a teaching poster, website, video, and digital images about the six milestones of flight.
Stephanie Norby
11
 

Egyptian Hieroglyphs

What are hieroglyphs? What was the purpose? Who could write them? How did we discover how to read them?
Aubrey Gennari
11
 

Black History: Black Heritage Stamp Series

A topical collection featuring African-American leaders, inventors, activists, sports figures, and culture-shapers whose lives changed history. Teaching Tips can be found in "notes."

These stamps are part of the Black Heritage Stamp Series. U.S. postage stamps were in use for nearly a century before Booker T. Washington became the first African American to appear on one. A handful of additional black history-related designs appeared between 1940 and 1978, when the U.S. Postal Service introduced the Black Heritage series. USPS continues to issue a stamp featuring a notable Black American every February in conjunction with Black History Month and at other times during the year. Today the Black Heritage issues are the longest-running U.S. stamp series.
Emily Murgia
38
 

Assessment Tool: Persuasive Writing and Stamp Design

A teaching guide for an interdisciplinary assessment technique or research project using creative and language arts. In this hands-on and engaging activity, students explore postage stamps as symbols of American history before designing a commemorative stamp; defending their subject selection and artistic choices through presentation and persuasive essay writing.
Activity challenges should feature current studies and relevant classroom goals (ex. heritage month themes, explorers, authors, characters) for cross-subject exploration.
Emily Murgia
15
 

Statue of Freedom

Through the cooperation of the Architect of the Capitol, Hon. Edward Clark, the original full-size plaster model of the "Statue of Freedom" by sculptor Thomas Crawford which sits atop the dome of the United States Capitol Building was transferred from the basement of the Capitol to the United States National Museum building, now the Arts and Industries Building, and was installed in the Rotunda on December 15, 1890.
Jeff Holliday
39
 

Minnesota Art

Shana Crosson
12
 

"Nightstand Portraits": A Burton Morris-inspired Activity

This teaching resource collection includes an activity, (created by the Heinz History Center's Education Manager, Mariruth Leftwich), highlighting Pittsburgh-native pop artist Burton Morris' "Nightstand Portraits" series as a springboard for students to create their own imaginary "Nightstand Portrait". This could be a portrait of themselves, a historical figure, or even an icebreaker activity for students to introduce each other to the rest of the class.
Ashley Naranjo
8
 

Civil War Characters

Ann Caspari
3
 

Abraham Lincoln's Life: Looking at Personal Artifacts

What do personal possessions tell us about a person? This teaching collection includes: 1) artifacts that belonged to President Lincoln, 2) a handout to guide analyzing artifacts as primary sources, 3) a video of Harry Rubenstein, a historian at the National Museum of American History, telling about the objects, and 4) two videos of Harry Rubenstein describing how he verifies the history of objects.
Stephanie Norby
11
 

The Civil War and American Art

These videos use the best artworks, by some of the greatest American artists, to reveal what life was like during the Civil War. The artists explore the emotional meaning of these events. Eleanor Jones Harvey, the chief curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, produced five, short (2-3 minute) videos, each one examining a different artwork from this period. In addition, this teaching collection includes images of the artworks and artists, recommended discussion questions, writing prompts, and detailed lesson plans in The Civil War and American Art: Teachers' Guide, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2012.
Stephanie Norby
15
 

Seeing the Civil War through Different Perspectives Using Photographs

A carte de visite is a photograph the size of a visiting card, and such photograph cards were traded among friends and visitors and saved in albums. This teaching collection includes carte de visites of people who lived during the Civil War. The purpose of the collection is to consider their different points of view and experiences. Each student receives a different carte de visite and researches that person. During classroom discussions of Civil War events, students comment from the perspective of the person they researched.
Stephanie Norby
41
 

Nightstand

mrslater
5
 

CIVICS

8TH GRADE
M FUGA
11
 

The Civil Rights Movement and Persuasive Messages

In this learning resource collection, take a look at six persuasive messages that addressed civil rights issues in very different forms: a speech, a song, a button, a protest sign, a poster, and an artwork.
Kim Palermo
10
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