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 Bill Sullivan

I am an English teacher working with great students at Suffield Academy. I also teach seniors in various project-based learning environments. Some of the #PBL topics included global issues, such as Pandemics, Climate Change, and Water; more recently I have asked students to research and identify topics important to our school community and their generation. We curate these topics with a #StudentCenteredPBL. For the past eleven years, I also created a driving question for a class to research a local history mystery and present their findings in a community program partnering with our local historical society. These topics encompass researching the lives of enslaved individuals who were contributors to the foundation of our community.
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1 Response to Challenging Students To Become Curators

  1. Mary Elizabeth Sullivan says:


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