This example of an artifact-based lesson demonstrates the comprehensive nature of the context support documents that are part of each artifact in the Artifacts Gallery. K-12 teachers, regardless of what level they might teach, can copy and modify the context support to create an effective and engaging lesson in science, math, Language Arts, Social Studies, and art. One need not know anything before you begin. We provide everything that you need in context support and can answer questions that might arise via our on-line support system. Try this lesson and see what your students have to say!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
1. Essay: “Background Essay – Pottery”
2. Quick Reference Guide: Southwestern Pottery
3. Glossary of Pottery Terms
4. Acoma Pottery Description
5. Zuni Pottery Description
6. Spin Set Image: Acoma Pottery
7. Spin Set Image: Zuni Pottery
1. Prior to class, read the background essay on pottery. You may want to make copies of the Quick Reference Guide and the Glossary of Terms for students.
2. Project the Spin Set Image: Acoma Pot
3. Project the Spin Set Image: Zuni Pot
4. ASK: COMPARE AND CONTRAST THESE TWO POTS FROM PUEBLOS NEAREST EACH OTHER.
a. WHAT ARE THE SIMILARITIES?
b. WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES?
5. TELL THE STUDENTS: RAIN IS IMPORTANT AND BOTH HAVE RAIN SYMBOLS. CAN YOU DETERMINE WHICH ARE THE RAIN SYMBOLS?
6. ASK: WHY DO YOU THINK THESE ARTISTS INCORPORATED RAIN SYMBOLS INTO THEIR POTTERY?
a. Important here to reinforce the idea that making pottery is a spiritual effort.
YOU MAY WISH TO DISTRIBUTE THE QUICK GUIDE TO POTTERY IDENTIFICATION AND THE GLOSSARY.
IF STUDENTS ARE YOUNG, THEN WRITE THE IMPORTANT WORDS – SLIP, KILN, FIRE, COIL, SYMBOL – ON THE BOARD AND HELP THEM DEFINE THE WORDS.