Challenging Students To Become Curators

cropped-o-cntr-cm-header-3-2-141Because we use a digital blog for a classroom, I am constantly reminded of the opportunity for us to share what we learn and show how we learned it. This project of having individual students connect with one piece of gravestone art and categorize it within the history of American (Connecticut River Valley, too) gravestone carvers mimics the daily higher order thinking skills we apply to each text in American literature. When we read Hawthorne, we thoughtfully became more aware that even though we were coming to terms with a story written about seventeenth century, Hawthorne’s text contained early nineteenth century qualities of American romanticism. Similarly, it has been fun to observe how quickly the class is comfortable locating Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby within the context of American modernism. So with the same higher order thinking skills, we will take advantage of this perfect spring weather and find one interesting work of cemetery art. Then individuals will begin making observations and taking notes on what qualities on the stone locate the carver within a certain school of cemetery art, such as Plain Style, Death’s Head, Winged Cherub and Angel’s Head, Neo Classical (Willows & Urns), or Victorian style of Egyptian influences (obelisks). Once students have revised their prose, we will make posts on the Old Center Cemetery blog:


About bsullivan35

I am an English teacher working with great students at an independent school in Ct.
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One Response to Challenging Students To Become Curators

  1. Mary Elizabeth Sullivan says:


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